An ultra-rare White Rhino has been born at the new Sharjah Safari park giving further hope for the animal species as it comes back from near extinction.
Southern White Rhinos have been threatened with extinction for over a century.
But the UN-supported rhino breeding programme at Sharjah Safaripark has given the species more hope of a comeback.
White Rhinos were initially thought to be extinct back in 1895 after heavy poaching in their native South Africa. But with breeding programs like the one in Sharjah boosting their population, there are now thought to be around 20,000 in the world.
Sharjah Safari isn’t yet open to the public. But it’s great to see its breeding program doing so well already.
But, as Hana Al Suwaidi from the park explains, there are still a lot of problems to face.
“There were many challenges in breeding this species. They are used to living in open landscape space in the savannahs.”
“They prefer humid environments because their skin is very dry. It was a big challenge to create an adequate environment and breed it here in Sharjah.
“Thankfully, the species found themselves in safe environment in the safari and the breeding worked,” she said in an interview shared on Instagram.