Nikki’s Having a Baby!

Indian rhinos are pregnant for 16 months or 462-491 days.  Today, Nikki is at day 428 of gestation.  Less than 50 days to go!  I’m Dr.  Monica Stoops, the scientist at CREW who worked with our rhino keepers and Nikki to help her become an expectant rhino mom.

Just like human females, sometimes our zoo animals need help to have a baby and CREW scientists are world leaders in helping endangered species reproduce.  Nikki has progressed wonderfully throughout her pregnancy and it has been exciting to see the growth (via ultrasound) of this very special rhino baby.   Based on an ultrasound exam conducted on day 72 of gestation, we were able to determine if Nikki ‘s calf was a boy or a girl.

Nikki's Ultrasound - Day 90

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Boy or Girl, it is the cutest Indian rhino baby we have ever seen!