The Ramat Gan Safari announced on Sunday that one of its rhinos had given birth to a healthy male calf and that mother and son were both doing fine.
The 11-year-old Rihanna, named after the Barbados-born R&B singer, gave birth over the weekend, the zoological park, just outside Tel Aviv.
This is Rihanna’s third calf, following the births of Rami and Rainy Rafiki in recent years. A rhinoceros’s gestation period is usually about a year and a half.
The new arrival has not yet been named.
The southern white rhinoceros, also known as the square-lipped rhinoceros, is in danger of extinction. Some 78 zoos are taking part in a European breeding project that so far numbers over 300 rhinos. The Ramat Gan Safari has a larger herd than any in Europe and so far there have been 33 white rhinos born at the park, the safari said.
The calf’s father is Atari, who has been doing his bit for the species, having also fathered calves with Rhianna, Tendra and Keren Peles in recent years.
מזל טוב. גור קרנפים נוסף לריהאנה. המלטה מספר 33 למשפחת הקרנפים בספארי! חדשות טובות למין בסכנת הכחדה
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In the days before motherhood, Rihanna made the news, when she along with Keren Peles and Karnivala managed to slip out of the park on a brief excursion.
In January 2015, the three rhinoceroses spent a few minutes on the outside after slipping through a side gate of the safari, plodding into the street, where they were spotted by astonished joggers out for a morning run.
The safari explained at the time that a keeper had dozed off for a few minutes and the three seized the opportunity to make a run for it.