It’s a baby boom at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Walt Disney World is celebrating the birth of a new baby boy white rhino born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this month. The new baby’s mother and grandmother were also born in the park. This makes the new baby a third generation Disney baby.
The Disney blog shared the exciting news earlier this week with a big “Afya njema!” or “Good Health” in Swahili. Disney guests will certainly be in for a special treat when they get to meet this little guy in the savannah of Kilimanjaro Safaris in the next few months.
Here are some of the facts that Disney shared about white rhinos from the Disney Parks blog:
Native to central and southern Africa, the white rhino loves grassy areas and will graze several times a day. This mild-mannered animal usually keeps its family group small and tightly-knit. Rhinos are born weighing up to 143 pounds. (Talk about a big baby!) Fully grown females will grow to be anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds while adult males can be up to 5,000 pounds.
Along with the new baby Rhino, the Animal Kingdom also welcomed five baby Sable Antelopes this month. (Aren’t they adorable?!)
You’ve probably seen sables while on safari at the Animal Kingdom. Here are some interesting facts about these small, strong animals:
Sables are born with a short, glossy and sandy brown coat that will darken with age. Sable antelopes have white markings on their faces, bellies and bottoms with a black mane and dark tail tuft. Once they start to grow horns, their horns will be long and curvy and can grow up to five feet in length! Sables love to graze for most of their day. In the wild, they are usually found in dry, open woodlands with lots of tall grass in the southern parts of Africa. While the sable antelope does not stand very tall (just over four and a half feet on average), they have strong, sturdy legs, a thick neck and adult males can weigh over 500 pounds!
Hongera to all the new parents at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! (That’s congratulations in Swahili.)