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FIRST WHITE RHINO CALF BORN AT OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

Ol Pejeta has announced the birth of the first ever white Rhino calf at the conservancy. The calf was born on 20th of February 2008 to Ariemet, a five and a half year old female.

Ariemet was born at the Lewa Conservancy on 26th day of August 2002 and translocated to Ol Pejeta in August 2006. The birth of the calf came as a surprise to the Wildlife department by producing a calf at such an early age. Normally white rhino females only calve after attaining an age of six to seven years.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to the endangered black and white rhinos and serves as a sanctuary for the non-indigenous chimpanzees and is the only place in Kenya to view these remarkably intelligent and endangered animals.

A rhino translocation exercise in 2006 saw the arrival of Ol Pejeta’s first six white rhino. Two more have since been added, with the new birth bringing to nine the number of white rhino on the Conservancy.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is also the largest black rhino Sanctuary in East Africa with 77 animals, is known to have many of the most conducive conditions for the conservation of these two endangered species.

The new calf has yet to be sexed and named, but continues to thrive. Unlike the black rhino, white rhino are social animals and do not shy away from humans or hide their young in the thick bushes, and as such, are much easier to monitor and view.

So... next time you are in Ol Pejeta Conservancy do keep an eye out for Ariemet and her new born calf.

A visit to the Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary, and a courtesy visit and occasional photo shoot opportunity with Morani the tame Black Rhino are a must while at Ol Pejeta. Quality accommodation is available at the Sweetwaters tented camp and Ol Pejeta House.

For more information please visit www.olpejetaconservancy.org or email info@olpejetaconservancy.org

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