New female Indian rhino calf born at Bronx Zoo now making its first public appearance

New female Indian rhino calf born at Bronx Zoo now making its first public appearanceIn a recent news release, the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in New York announced that first public appearance of the April-born one-horned rhinoceros – Rhinoceros unicornis; which is better known as an Indian rhino calf – is being made in Wild Asia.

As per the news release, the new female calf is the 13th Indian rhino calf – which has a 16-month gestation period - to be born at the Bronx Zoo since 1986. The calf was born on April 6.

About the new Indian rhino calf, the Zoo said that the calf – born to mother Penny, and father Sanjay - weighed 120 pounds at birth; and is expected to weigh approximately 4,000 pounds when it reaches adulthood.

Informing that the new female Indian rhino calf is now making its public debut, the Bronx Zoo officials said in the press release: “Exhibit times for the calf will be intermittent and will vary day-to-day.”

Meanwhile, for the sake of information, Indian rhinos – having one horn and a thick armor-like skin - are native to swamps in Northern India and Nepal. The number of wild rhinos currently found in India is nearly 2,000. So far as the number of Indian rhinos in US zoos is concerned, it is estimated that there are 56 such rhinos in North American zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.