Meet ‘Future,’ the New Baby White Rhino at the San Diego Zoo

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A white rhino born last month at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Future for what the calf represents to rhino conservation worldwide, officials said.

The baby is bonding with her mother and frolicking in a maternity yard left wet by recent storms.

“Future’s new favorite thing is mud,” zookeeper Marco Zeno said. “She sees a puddle and she wants to roll in it!”

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Amani’s calf represents a better future for rhinos–so she’s been named Future. Her name not only celebrates the hope she brings, but also honors a generous donor who is a strong female leader and supporter of reproductive research. Details:

Future is the 100th southern white rhino to be born at the park and the second conceived through artificial insemination. The first, Edward, was born to a different mother in July.

The zoo births using frozen sperm are part of efforts to develop knowledge needed to save a subspecies called the northern white rhino, officials said. Only two currently remain on Earth, and both are female. Several other rhino species also are being pushed toward extinction.


Future was born Nov. 21 to an 11-year-old mother named Amani. At 19 days old, the baby weighed 193 pounds. She could weigh 20 times that when fully grown.

Future is currently bonding with her mother in a private habitat, but will eventually be introduced to other rhinos at the center, including Edward.

A southern white rhino calf plays in the mud at the San Diego Zoo Safari. (Courtesy of San Diego Zoo Safari Park )

Rhinos typically coat themselves with a thick layer of mud that acts as a sunscreen and bug repellent, and helps to keep them cool.

”Future is not only exhibiting natural rhino behavior, she appears to be having a ton of fun doing it,” Zeno said.