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First ever white Rhino born in Kenya

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is proud to announce the birth of the first ever white rhino calf to be born on the conservancy. The new calf was born on 20th of February 2008 to Ariemet, a 5½ year old female who was born on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on 26th of August 2002 and translocated to Ol Pejeta in August 2006. Ariemet has surprised the Wildlife department by producing a calf at such an early age. Normally white rhino females only calve after attaining an age of six to seven years.

White rhino, Kenya

A rhino translocation exercise in 2006 saw the arrival of Ol Pejeta's first six white rhino. Two more have since been added, with the new birth bringing to nine the number of white rhino on the conservancy. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is also the largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa with 77 animals, is known to have many of the most conducive conditions for the conservation of these two endangered species.

The new calf has yet to be sexed and named, but continues to thrive. Unlike the black rhino, white rhino are social animals and do not shy away from humans or hide their young in the thick bushes, and as such, are much easier to monitor and view.

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The trip that visits the conservancy is listed below

 

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