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Baby Rhino “Ranger” Joins the Herd at Disney’s Kilimanjaro Safaris

Four-month-old white rhino calf Ranger, joined by his mom Kendi, made his big savanna debut this morning at Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park to join the crash (a rhino herd), marking a monumental rite of passage. Check out the details and photos as shared below by DisneyParksBlog.

 

Ranger the Rhino

Ranger was eager to explore his new environment with his head high and ears up – plunging right into the mud alongside Kendi for a good wallow before running around to see all the new savanna sights. This rambunctious rhino calf made fast friends with his “aunties” Lola and Jao, and mom Kendi kept close by to make sure Ranger stayed out of trouble. Of course, such an adventurous morning requires lots of energy, so there was plenty of nursing and napping going on, too.

I can’t help but get a little misty-eyed when I think back to the moment we received the news of Kendi’s pregnancy – the calf would be the first for the herd in five years – and the keepers have eagerly cheered on Kendi and Ranger through each new developmental milestone. This “little” guy is now a big boy – he’s grown to be more than four times his birth weight, weighing in at nearly 600 pounds, and his size is matched by his big, bold personality. 

Collectively, Disney’s Animal Care team has hundreds of years of experience, and their teamwork and expertise are crucial to ensuring Ranger’s successful transition to the savanna. But each animal is unique with their own personalities, development and family dynamics, so each onstage introduction is something special. 

Did you know rhino calves and giraffe spend time bonding in backstage environments as they grow and keepers teach important training behaviors? Other animals, like gorillas or mandrills, may make their onstage debut within a few hours of birth, with baby clinging right onto mom’s chest.

Life is always interesting in the world of animal care, which is why I love working with this team of amazing professionals at Disney. Kendi and Ranger will start spending more time on the savanna in the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled for this dynamic duo on your next Kilimanjaro Safaris adventure. 

If you want to learn more about how Disney cares for rhinos and helps protect these species in the wild, visit DisneyAnimals.com, check out “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” on Disney+, streaming now, and follow along on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Source: DisneyParksBlog

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.