The best news ever – we are to become grandparents!!! Masingitta, one of the Lucky Five re-wilded orphans is pregnant! A pregnancy test was taken when she was recently dehorned – she is also looking quite wide!
She was seen mating with the dominant adult bull rhino a few months ago. We are so proud, thrilled and excited. The re-wilding process is complete – an orphaned rhino calf is back in the wild, and having mated with a wild white rhino, will produce the next generation of wild rhino. This helps ensure valuable genetic variety – and every rhino counts.
As white rhinos have a gestation period of 16 months, it may be some time before the pitter patter of tiny feet – we will keep you posted. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has raised funds to support The Lucky Five from their arrival in 2015/2016 as traumatised orphans, to helping keep them safe back in the wild today.
What a journey – and what a conservation success story.