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Rhino Team & Volunteers on Round-the-Clock Birth Watch

Nikki’s due date is rapidly approaching, so the Zoo’s Volunteer Observers (ZVOs) and the rhino team have started to monitor her 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Over 58 volunteers have given their time to help the rhino team keep an eye on Nikki.  The ZVO watch started on October 1 and will be conducted from 3pm – 7am every day.  ZVOs are stationed in our CREW facility where Nikki is monitored using a state-of-the-art camera system.  The ZVO watch is set to continue for 1 week following the birth of Nikki’s calf to record those important “Rhino Firsts”.

The Cincinnati Zoo Rhino team is very thankful to the ZVOs for all of their hard work and dedication!


1 bucko { 10.06.10 at 10:41 pm }

We can’t wait for Nikki’s new arrival. I have been watching the white rhinos at Blair Drummond Safari Park on the webcam and writing stories about them. An artist from the UK is painting the stories in the hopes we can get the conservation message out there for all rhinos.. I live in Cincinnati and love the zoo here and support these important conservation efforts.

2 Maureen { 10.07.10 at 5:48 pm }

It would be great if you installed a live webcam for us all to see Nikki giving birth just an idea maureen from Dundee Scotland :o) hello Bucko dundee_she xxxxxxx

3 Chris { 10.10.10 at 4:59 pm }

Oh my word this is so exciting, hope baby arrives soon……..Hi bucko and dundee she……..this is ChrisP……………..xxx

4 Laura { 10.11.10 at 1:01 pm }

Best Wishes for the safe arrival of a healthy calf for Nikki.

(also Team Bucko – BDSP)

5 JaneG { 10.15.10 at 4:43 am }

Like Maureen – I wish you’d installed a web cam – We’d all around the world be glued to it now!

6 Kate Dexter { 10.17.10 at 5:35 am }

It would be neat for everyone to be able to watch Nikki in her enclosure, but she needs her privacy too; especially when baby comes!

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