A baby rhinoceros is enjoying his new habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The nine-week old greater one-horned rhino stayed close to his mother as they charged into the Asian Plains exhibit earlier today. The male calf, named Parvesh, seemed eager to explore and could be seen running - and stumbling - to keep up with his mother.
Parvesh, which means "lord of celebration" in Hindi, was born February 25 to mother Alta and father Bophu. Alta gave birth to the calf in a protected area, called a boma, not accessible to other animals. The pair has been in the boma since the calf's birth to properly bond before being let into the 40-acre exhibit to meet other members of the rhino family.
Alta, the dominant female in the rhino herd, introduced her baby boy to the landscape and then to the other greater one-horned rhinos, including her first-born calf and Parvesh's sister, 2½-year-old Charlees.
The greater one-horned rhinoceros is now found only in India and Nepal, but was once widespread in Southeast Asia. This species is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. There are an estimated 3,250 greater one-horned rhinos remaining in the wild. Parvesh is the 66th greater one-horned rhino born at the Safari Park since 1975, making the Safari Park the foremost breeding facility in the world for this species.
Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes onsite wildlife conservation efforts representing both plants and animals at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The important conservation and science work of these entities is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global.