Black Rhino Calf Born at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
5th February 2024
Award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park is celebrating the first birth in the Park’s history of a critically endangered Black Rhino calf, one of the rarest mammals on earth.
Eastern Black Rhinos are the rarest of the 3-remaining subspecies. Between 1970 and 1992, their population declined by 96% to 2300 from a devastating period of poaching for their horns.
BABY NAME UPDATE 20/02/2024
The Black Rhino Baby has been called Rocco after a public vote.
Animal lovers were given the chance to create a shortlist of names for the calf. Staff then picked the final name that suited his playful nature.
Director of Animals Dr Charlotte MacDonald said: ”‘We cannot think of a name that suits Rocco more!
“Although Rocco may still be relatively small, he is already one of our most boisterous and liveliest residents. He has been entertaining visitors as he trots around, closely following his mum Najuma and trying to keep up with her.”