Rhino Calf Makes His Debut At Great Plains Zoo

A baby rhino at the Great Plains Zoo has made his debut.

The rhino, born on Sept. 12 had a special audience while on display today. Since birth, the calf has gained nearly 30 pounds, weighing a total of 130 pounds.

He and his parents are three of 57 Eastern Black Rhinos left in the United States. They are part of an endangered species breeding program. The little guy is the third rhino calf to be born in Sioux Falls.

“We’ve been pretty successful breeding Eastern Black Rhinos here at the Great Plains Zoo and their gestation period is 15 to 16 months so it’s a pretty long birth window,” says Elizabeth Whealy the president and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo.

The rhino calf does not currently have a name. Visitors of the zoo will name him in next few weeks.

He is set to be on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.