Rhino Calf Born in Sera Rhino Sanctuary
On the 16th of August 2018, black rhino Naitamany gave birth to her second calf in the Sera Rhino Sanctuary, Sera Community Conservancy. The calf, a female, has been named 'Ntibikwa' by Sera rangers. Her name roughly translates as ‘long-awaited’ in Samburu, and was inspired by the long period of time that Naitamany kept her calf hidden. Rangers had to wait four days before catching a glimpse of the newborn - eager to see that she was in good health but also conscious that mother and calf needed adequate time to bond and adjust undisturbed.
Ntibikwa brings the sanctuary's rhino population to 14. Two-year-old male Loijipu was recently returned to Sera after being hand-reared at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Namunyak Community Conservancy when he was abandoned by his mother at birth. As the Sera population continues to grow and do well, the community here continues to be a model for community-led endangered species conservation efforts.