Zoo Atlanta Welcomes First White Rhino Calf.


On the magical evening of Christmas Eve, Zoo Atlanta received a heartwarming gift that filled the hearts of staff and visitors alike with joyous excitement. Kiazi, one of our beloved southern white rhinoceroses, graced us with the arrival of her newborn calf, marking a historic moment for our zoo. This precious newborn represents the first of its kind to be born at Zoo Atlanta, a testament to our commitment to wildlife conservation and breeding programs.

Anticipation and Excitement

The announcement of Kiazi’s calf’s birth has been eagerly awaited for many months, with our President and CEO, Raymond B. King, expressing profound excitement over this significant milestone. This event not only adds to the diversity of our rhino population but also signifies the dedication and expertise of our veterinary and animal care teams.

Motherly Love and Care

Kiazi, who had previously given birth to two calves before joining us in 2021, has been diligently providing maternal care to her newborn. The bond between mother and calf is a precious sight to behold, and before entering the rhino habitat, they will have the opportunity to strengthen their relationship behind the scenes, ensuring the calf’s well-being and development.

A Symbol of Hope for Conservation

As stewards of this new addition to our zoo family, we recognize the importance of raising awareness about the plight of wild rhinos. The southern white rhinoceros, classified as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), faces significant challenges, particularly from poaching activities targeting their valuable horns. Through the birth of this calf, we hope to inspire our members and guests to connect with these magnificent creatures and take action to protect their species.

Long-awaited Arrival

Pregnancies for southern white rhinoceroses are among the longest in the animal kingdom, lasting between 16 and 18 months. Kiazi’s journey to give birth to her calf has been a lengthy one, filled with careful monitoring and anticipation. Now, as we celebrate the arrival of this precious new member of our zoo community, we are reminded of the importance of patience and dedication in wildlife conservation efforts.

Looking Towards the Future

As we marvel at the beauty and significance of this Christmas miracle, we are reminded of our ongoing commitment to conservation and education. Through initiatives such as breeding programs and public awareness campaigns, we strive to make a meaningful impact in safeguarding endangered species like the southern white rhinoceros. Together, we can ensure a brighter future for these magnificent animals and preserve their natural habitats for generations to come.


In welcoming our first white rhino calf on Christmas Eve, Zoo Atlanta embarks on a new chapter in our journey towards wildlife conservation and preservation. With gratitude and excitement, we invite you to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion and advocating for the protection of endangered species worldwide. Together, we can make a difference and ensure a world where rhinos and all creatures thrive in harmony with nature.