CUMBERLAND, Ohio — The Wilds welcomed a southern white rhinoceros calf born on Oct. 23 at the conservation center and she is adorable.
The female calf, named Scout, is the 21st white rhino to be born at The Wilds since 2004.
According to The Wilds, Scout got her name from a motorcycle brand. The conservation center chose the name to recognize the contributions from Iron Pony Motorsports and the money donated from the annual “Rides of Rhinos” motorcycle ride.
Scout and her mother, a 5-year-old rhino named Agnes, are bonding and doing well, according to The Wilds Animal Management team.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the white rhino population was estimated to be around 50-200. Now, the population is estimated to be around 20,400. Conservation centers like The Wilds are attributed to the increase in population.
“We are thrilled to announce the arrival of this white rhinoceros calf and to continue to be part of the species’ conservation story,” said Dr. Jan Ramer, vice president of The Wilds. “We are very proud of our contributions to working to protect the future of rhinos, and this birth is a true testament to the success of our program.”
Guests can visit Scout and Agnes in the facility’s rhino barn beginning Nov. 1 as part of the Winter at The Wilds tours.
Tours run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until April.
To learn more about reserving a tour and for more information on The Wilds, click here.