Disney celebrates arrival of new white rhino calf at Animal Kingdom

New calf born under Disney’s species survival plan

White rhino calf born at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Disney)

BAY LAKE, Fla. – Animal care experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are celebrating the birth of an adorable white rhino calf.

The endangered rhino was born Wednesday morning to first-time mom Jao.

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Rhino calf born at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Disney Parks Blog)

Disney said it’s critical to give Jao and her newborn ample time to nurse and bond in a backstage area.

Experts said the sex and weight of the newborn calf may not be known for some time.

Just last year, Walt Disney World announced the arrival of the white rhino, Ranger.

He can now be seen on the savannah with his mother, Kendi.

Rhino calf born at Disney's Animal Kingdom (Disney Parks Blog)

Disney officials said the births are part of Disney’s species survival plans, which are overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the responsible breeding of endangered species. White rhinos are an endangered species with a near-threatened status.

Animal experts said earlier this year that white rhino, Lola, is also expected to give birth in the fall or winter.

In the coming weeks, Jao and baby are expected to join the “crash” (a group of rhinos), in their habitat on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve where park guests can catch a glimpse of the herd while aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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