Black Rhino calf born to parents who were bred in captivity

July 10, 2023

In 2010, Ree Park received a male black rhino, Thabo, after a long and rigorous process to ensure that the park was qualified to look after a representative of this highly endangered species. Two years later, Ree Park received a female, Bashira, and in 2015, Thabo and Bashiras son, Mandela, was born in the park. In 2018, Mandela was moved to the Czech Republic to join four other black rhinos from parks in the Czech Republic and the UK with the intention to eventually move them to Rwanda and release them into the wild. This happened in the summer of 2019, and after a long process of acclimatization, the black rhinos, who were born in captivity, are now wild animals living in Akagera National Park in Rwanda, where they are heavily, although discreetly, protected from poachers by a large team of park rangers.

A thriving and growing calf

Then, on May 7th. a very significant milestone was reached, when Mandela and one of the females, Jasiri, had a calf, who is now thriving and growing.

That Ree Park could contribute very significantly to this huge success is a strong manifestation of the very purpose of the Park. The park will continue to participate in the international breeding programs for endangered species organized by EAZA (the European Association of Zoos and Acquaria) to protect and strengthen the vulnerable species for the future.

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