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A 9-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf made her debut at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park today, under the watchful eye of her attentive mother. The pair came out of the Park’s maternity corral, and mother Alta led her calf around the Safari Park’s 40-acre Asian Plains habitat. While the calf walked, a layer of young, pink skin could be spied underneath the folds of her thickening, armor-like, dark gray top layer of skin. More info.

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Some photos from my weekend staying with some zoo friends at The Wilds, a 10,000-acre wildlife park about an hour and a half from Columbus. We stayed in their secluded 12-person Lodge and took a Wildside tour, which gets a lot more up close and personal with their animals than the regular tour. It was amazing.

If you live within driving distance, the Wilds is worth the drive. It’s a fantastic facility.

(photos are captioned with animal identifications)

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Now some good news: Greater one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga have rebounded from 200 to 2,400! We’ve partnered with the International Rhino Foundation to introduce additional populations in Manas and Orang national parks.