by Katie King |


Natural Bridge, VA (May 4, 2021) — The Virginia Safari Park is celebrating Cinco de Rhino with renewed hope for Rhino conservation. As 2020 came to an end, experienced Rhino mothers Samira and Kya each welcomed a new Rhino calf to the world – a male and a female. To date, there have been six Southern White Rhinos born at Virginia Safari Park.

Samira and Kya were imported from South Africa in 2012 with two other White Rhinos to protect them from rampant poaching. To date, this group of imported rhinos has produced eight healthy calves.

In the wild, it is estimated that one rhino is killed every ten hours for its horn. Rhino gestation is 16 months, resulting in a slow increase in population numbers toward recovery. Therefore, each calf born is a reason to celebrate! The Virginia Safari Park is dedicated to saving the future of wild rhinos and donated more than $12,000 in the past three years to the International Rhino Foundation.

New for 2021, Virginia Safari Park is offering daily rhino encounters. A percentage of each tour helps support our ongoing rhino conservation efforts in the wild.

Virginia Safari Park is a 180-acre drive-thru adventure with over 1,500 animals from around the world. The Park supports wildlife conservation in 135+ countries globally through financial aid, public education, captive breeding, and habitat preservation. Visit for updates, hours, events, and more.


About Virginia Safari Park

Virginia Safari Park is one of three zoological facilities operated by the Zoofari Parks Corporation, working in conjunction with the Gulf Breeze Zoo and the Alabama Safari Park, to provide aid to over 135 countries around the world. The Virginia Safari Park is privately owned and receives no state or federal tax support. Funding for conservation programs is made possible through the continued support of zoo guests. Conservation is fundamental in our daily operations and visitors are encouraged to join us in making a difference on this journey.


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