Motherâ€™s Day may be a little more memorable this year for a Disney â€œmomâ€ that recently gave birth to a white rhino calf at Disneyâ€™s Animal Kingdom. View attachment 11390 After a 16-month gestation period, Kendi delivered her fourth calf Friday, May 4. The healthy male, which has not yet been named, is the ninth white rhino born at Disneyâ€™s Animal Kingdom; his mother, 13-year-old, Kendi, was the first. View attachment 11391 â€œThe birth of a white rhino calf is certainly something to celebrate since the population of this species is endangered in the wild,â€ said Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., vice president of Animals, Science and Environment for Disney Parks. â€œItâ€™s encouraging that with protection and careful management, the global population of white rhinos continues to grow.â€ View attachment 11392 The calf and mother doing well and are currently off the savannah bonding at Disneyâ€™s Animal Kingdom. Guests will be able to see them when they return to the herd in the coming weeks. Disneyâ€™s Animal Kingdom participates in a white rhino breeding program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The program focuses on sustaining the white rhino population in North America. At Disneyâ€™s Animal Kingdom, the success of the rhino breeding program has directly contributed to the conservation of other white rhinos in the wild. In 2006 two rhinos born at Disneyâ€™s Animal Kingdom, Nande and Hasani, joined four others at Ziwa Sanctuary to help reestablish a white rhino population in Uganda. So far, Nande has been responsible for two offspring â€” a male calf born in 2009 was the first rhino born in Uganda since the 1980s followed by a female white rhino born in 2011. Disneyâ€™s commitment to conservation and rhinos goes beyond breeding. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and the Disney Foundation have provided more than $1 million in support to programs in Africa and Asia to protect the last five remaining species of rhino. For more information on the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund visit www.waltdisneyworld.com/about. White rhino fun facts: White rhinos are named not for their color, which is gray, but for the shape of their mouths. The word â€œweitâ€ in Afrikaans means wide. The white rhino is among the worldâ€™s largest land mammals, second only to the elephant. A male rhino can grow to more than 5,000 pounds as an adult. A rhino can move its ears independently to pick up sounds but it depends most on smell. The receptors responsible for the rhinoâ€™s sense of smell are larger than the animalâ€™s entire brain. The white rhinoceros has the widest set of nostrils of any land based animal.