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Baby Rhino Named Petunia Makes her Debut at the Safari Park

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A 4-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf and her mother explored the Asian Plains exhibit this morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The female calf, named Petunia, stayed close to her mother while venturing out and exploring the 40-acre exhibit. Petunia, born on August 1 to mother Tanaya, weighed only 128 pounds (greater one-horned rhino calves usually weigh between 132 and 176 pounds at birth), so animal care staff had to keep a 24-hour watch on the newborn rhino. After growing and gaining some strength, Petunia was ready to leave her protected yard and meet the rest of the rhino family. The young rhino seemed eager to explore her new habitat and kept up with her mother, following closely behind her as she observed other rhinos and animals living in the Asian Plains habitat. Once widespread in Southeast Asia, the greater one-horned rhinoceros is now found only in India and Nepal. 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. Petunia is the 67th greater one-horned rhino to be born at the Safari Park since 1975, making the Safari Park the foremost breeding facility in the world for this species. Connect with us: http://facebook.com/sdzsafaripark http://www.instagram.com/sdzsafaripark http://twitter.com/sdzsafaripark http://sdzsafaripark.tumblr.com