The Wilds welcomes new White Rhinoceros calf, Gordon

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Cumberland, OH (WTAP) - The Wilds, in Cumberland, Ohio, is showing off its new male White Rhinoceros calf, Gordon.

Staff at The Wilds say Gordon, a male White Rhinoceros calf was born on Dec. 19, 2017, to mother Eve (born at The Wilds in 2006) and father Roscoe.

Gordon is the 4th White Rhinoceros calf to be born in a 10-week span at The Wilds, the 20th Rhinoceros to be born at The Wilds since 2004, and the 10th fourth-generation white rhino to be born at the facility.

The Wilds is the only facility outside of Africa that has had fourth- and fifth-generation births of this species.

The Wilds says White Rhinoceros calves are born after a gestation of 16 months and they can grow to be 4,000 pounds and six feet tall at their shoulder.

Their natural habitats are plains or woodlands, interspersed with grassy openings.

The name White Rhinoceros originated from the Afrikaans word describing the animal’s mouth – wyd, meaning “wide.” Early English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the word wyd for “white.”

Wildlife experts estimate that, at the start of the 20th Century, there were only 50-200 White Rhinoceros worldwide.

But, thanks to conservation efforts, the White Rhinoceros population in Africa is up to about 20,000.

All five remaining Rhinoceros species in Africa and Asia (White Rhinoceros, Black Rhinoceros, Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros, Javan Rhinoceros, and Sumatran Rhinoceros) are hunted by poachers who sell Rhinoceros horn for ornamental or traditional medicinal purposes, even though there are no scientifically proven health benefits for its use.

People interested in seeing the four White Rhinoceros calves can see them on the special Winter at The Wilds tours, with info listed at their website link, under the "Related Links" section of this story.

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