Mylo was among the three white rhinos born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom within a 13-month timeframe, marking a monumental achievement in the world of rhino conservation. All babies born at Animal Kingdom spend the first couple of months of their lives bonding with mom backstage where they can be regularly supervised by Disney’s Animal & Sciences team of Cast Members to ensure they are healthy and doing well before making their onstage appearance.
Mylo was recently moved to Kilimanjaro Safaris, where he will join the rest of his “crash,” or herd of rhinos, and where he will continue to grow while spending time on the savanna with his mom and older brother, Ranger. Both Mylo and Ranger were born at the park as part of the Species Survival Plan, a series of conservation efforts to help declining rhino populations that was put in place by the Assocition of Zoos and Aquariums.
The Disney Parks Blog shared some incredible images of Mylo and Ranger interacting for the first time at Kilimanjaro Safaris, and we cannot get over how adorable the two brothers are! Offering Guests the ability to see the young rhinos in person while riding the attraction is all part of Disney’s conservation initiative, as the hope is that Guests will learn about these animals and take away a greater interest in their survival and ways they can support conservation efforts themselves.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been the center of many success stories in terms of rhino births, and we can’t wait to learn more about Mylo’s experiences out on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Rhinos are currently classified as a near-threatened species, and conservation efforts and breeding programs like this one are extremely important for the outlook of rhino survival in the wild.
For an easy way to support rhino conservation and efforts to support all different species of animals around the world, consider donating to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund during your next visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You can make a donation in any amount, as much as you’d like or simply round up your change, at any merchandise or quick service dining location in the park.
The funds raised go directly to nonprofit organizations around the world, and the best part is that Disney matches every donation made and covers all of the fund’s overhead costs so you know your donation is going right to where it is needed most.
We hope to be back soon with more updates on the rhinos and other animals from Disney’s Animal Kingdom! In the meantime, a great way to stay up-to-date with animal happenings around the park is to follow @drmarkatdisney on Instagram.