Rhino Fund Uganda has announced the arrival of a new baby rhinoceros.
The sturdy calf, which is yet to be named — was born Saturday at the Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district, bringing the population at the sanctuary to 34 rhinos .
Today morning Rhino Fund Uganda received a new Rhino calf. The calf's Mother is called Uhuru, bringing population at the Rhino sanctuary #Nakasongola to 34 Rhinos.— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) December 12, 2020
The NRM government has focused on recovery of wildlife populations and development for increased tourism marketing. pic.twitter.com/SAGawTSjin
The mother rhino, Uhuru, immediately started showing signs of good mothering, according to the statement.
"Mother and baby are doing well and need to rest after their exciting night," the Rhino Fund said in the statement sent out Saturday.
The baby rhino will not be visible to the public for some weeks as it bonds with the mom.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, at the beginning of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia. By 1970, rhino numbers dropped to 70,000, and today, around 27,000 rhinos remain in the wild. Very few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves due to persistent poaching and habitat loss over many decades.
Three species of rhino—black, Javan, and Sumatran—are critically endangered.