How You Can Help the Newborn Rhinos in Livingstone, Zambia

There is nothing on Earth as awe-inspiring as bringing new life into the world. However, the event is extra special when it is the birth of a threatened species. Over the last few months, Livingstone Zambia has welcomed the birth of two new baby white rhino to Mosi-oa-tunya National Park, but they need extra attention.

New baby white rhino in Livingstone

Inonge gave birth to her calf on 11th March 2022, with white rhino Lucy welcoming another to their crash on 18th April 2022. Considering that the current world population of white rhinos is estimated at between 17,212 and 18,915 (plus two!), these additions are very significant to the well-being of the species. Nevertheless, the species is classed as Critically Endangered.

So, how can you help these newborn white rhino babies? Throughout the animal kingdom, healthy parents mean healthy babies. The rhino mums and dads need a sufficient supply of grass to maintain their growth, fertility and overall health, which, in turn, helps their calves and the survival of the white rhino species as a whole.

White rhino feeding program in Livingstone

But did you know that white rhinos are incredibly picky eaters? Compounded with the fact that Zambia’s dry season runs from April through October, this means that their grass is dwindling. White rhinos turn their horns up at eating leaves or shrubs and need a steady diet of their preferred type of grass.

Destination Livingstone, an Affiliate Member of Africa’s Eden, has an ongoing Be a Hero, Feed a Hero Global Giving campaign geared towards feeding and protecting Livingstone’s ten white rhinos. In addition, children have raised awareness through art competitions with the art sold and funds allocated to the feeding campaign. Considering the rhino poachers are still being captured in the vicinity, it is integral that we all keep vigilant to the rhino’s plight.

How to help Zambia’s white rhinos

So, what can you do to help the newborn rhinos in Livingstone, Zambia? Please donate towards the goal of raising $10,000. Every $5 will feed a rhino for a day and support farmers growing the Lucerne.

Maggie Coles was a recent tourist to Livingstone and offered this poetic review of her time on a walking safari with the white rhinos in Mosi-oa-tunya National Park:

“To be honest, seeing rhinos in the wild is far different than seeing them on TV.Being so close to them.
I can’t say that I wasn’t afraid for my life and every step they took in our direction made me almost unable to move and breathless.
But I am guilty of having enjoyed the experience.
To know that I helped feed these not-so-little guys gives me peace.
To be allowed by them to be so near is a privilege.
BUT I never forgot that this beautiful creature can so easily send me to heaven’s waiting room.
Would I do it again? I can’t tell you.
But was it a life-changing experience? Yes. It was.
And I have even more appreciation for everyone involved in the upkeep of these rhinos.
As dangerous as they are, they are like my Dad, just some grumpy vegetarians.”

Quick Facts about White Rhinos:

  • White rhinos live in collective groups of up to twelve members called a crash.
  • There are 17,212 to 18,915 white rhinos currently on Earth
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia is home to 10 white rhinos
  • Baby white rhino weigh 40-60 kg at birth
  • Full-grown white rhinos weigh between 1800 – 2500 kg
  • White rhinos can be found in the wild in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, eSwatini, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia
  • White rhinos prefer a habitat of tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas and shrublands
  • White rhinos are also known as square-lipped rhinos
  • White rhinos are grey, just like black rhinos
  • Female white rhinos become sexually mature at about 6-7 years old
  • Male white rhinos reach sexual maturity at about 10-12 years old
  • Rhinos enjoy wallowing in mud and use this system to keep cool and discourage insects
  • White rhinos have terrible eyesight, but excellent hearing and smell
  • White rhinos have two horns, and the more prominent anterior horn can reach 79 inches
  • White rhinos can live up to 50 years

A crash of baby white rhino in Mosi oa tunya National Park