In 2019, following a breeding recommendation from the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia’s species management programme for rhinoceros, Jamila was paired with the Zoo’s male Zambezi, and in August 2020 gave birth to her first offspring, female Nyah. At this time Nyah was the first rhinoceros to be born at the Zoo in 20 years.
“After a 16-month long pregnancy, it was super exciting to see Jamila give birth - which like Nyah’s was very quick, and it’s always a big relief when everything goes well,” says Ungulates team leader Tommy Karlsson. As he’d been doing for the past two weeks from home, Tommy was able to log into CCTV cameras to closely follow Jamila’s progress last Friday evening.
“Earlier in the day Jamila had distanced herself more from Nyah, by evening she’d become very restless, and then also began defecating and urinating more frequently – all signs her calf’s birth was imminent. My colleagues Vicky, Ben and our vet Sarah got into the Zoo soon after the birth, and the rest of the team joined us a little later.”
Tommy and the team have chosen the name Amali for Nyah’s new sibling, which is Swahili in origin, and means ‘hope’.
“We think it’s a beautiful name with a great meaning. Welcoming a new rhino into the world is always cause for hope for the future of this species, and it’s our hope that as an advocate for her wild counterparts she inspires our visitors to care about these incredible animals.”