Ultrasound of Wales' first baby rhino released

Ultrasound footage from the first ever pregnant rhino in Wales has been released.

Folly Farm's six-year-old eastern black rhino, Dakima is expecting her first calf. They hope it will help increase the population of what is a critically endangered species.

There are thought to be fewer than 650 Eastern black rhinos left in the wild - and just 88 in captivity across Europe.

Dakima and Nkosi, the expectant parents Credit: Folly Farm

As Wales' first baby rhino the zookeepers turned to horse vets at Cotts Equine who had access to a large ultrasound scanner.

Unsurprisingly it was the first time equine vet Graham Fowce had performed an ultrasound on a rhino.


Dakima is expected to give birth in January 2020 and for the past few months, they’ve been baby-proofing the enclosure and preparing birth plans.

Tim Morphew, zoo curator at Folly Farm, says Dakima's pregnancy is going well.

Credit: Folly Farm

It is thought that Dakima conceived in October 2018, after slowly being introduced to eight-year-old Nkosi.

Folly Farm’s Kifaru Reserve is a £500,000 purpose-built exhibit which they say reflects the zoo's commitment to conservation.