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Monday, May 23, 2011 9:16am
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G’day from white rhino world, where everything is huge and heavy...except for Digger.

Digger, the Southern White Rhino calf, is now a month old, I know it seems like only yesterday he was fifty kilograms. Mum, Umqali, and he are doing really well. Umqali continues to be an exceptional mother, responding in kind to Digger’s every demand, including being there for him when he kisses the electric fence...for the third time.

Digger is putting weight on rapidly and is starting to show signs of the imposing figure he will cut when he is a fully grown bull. He is learning by copying mum, except for the avoiding fences thing, but that is all part of discovering the world around him.

Digger is incredibly inquisitive and spends his day exploring his enclosure and the objects inside it, like sticks, apparently they are weird and interesting, and rocks, especially when they have been at the bottom of mum’s dung midden.

He continues to practice his mock charging and sparing, which at this point looks more like your textbook head butt, but is all part of becoming a bull rhino, and another member of the regional breeding program team for the Southern White Rhino.

So I urge everyone to come up and say g’day before Digger turns BIG!


Ungulate Keeper, Monarto Zoo




can you tell me which of the males is the father of little digger?
Posted By: jason on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 8:29am
Thank you for sharing. Interesting and amazing :-)
Posted By: Olga Christine Karstvo on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 3:59pm
What could be more fitting a name than "Digger" for a liitle Aussie white rhino? It is wonderful that we are able to help save this truly majestic species. Go "Digger" and may your attitude and spirit be that of a real "Aussie Digger"!
Posted By: Ron on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:16pm
How cute is he? Looks like Mom has her hands full with this little guy...
Posted By: Dianna from Ohio on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:16pm
I saw Digger when I did the "Behind the scenes" tour of Monarto. He so little, compared to Mum, and so adorable.
Posted By: Frances on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:18am
Nice baby.
waht is his mums name?
Posted By: James on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:17pm
How cute is that little digger!
I wish I could take him home with me!
I wonder what he does during the day?
Posted By: Sarah Pfeiffer on Saturday, May 28, 2011 7:41pm
Just wanted to answer a few of your questions :)

Diggers father is held at Dubbo Zoo where Umqali came from back in October last year.

Diggers Mum is Umqali. She came from Kruger National Park back in 2002, spent some quarantine time at Monarto then headed off to Dubbo to be a part of their breeding programme.

For most of the day the little guy is either running around at full speed or sleeping.
Posted By: Haidee Taylor on Monday, June 06, 2011 6:20pm
Having done a "meet the rhino" tour on Saturday - I would encourage anyone to do it - being able to give Digger a scratch was a highlight for both my grandson and me! Great information given on the tour too - thanks Haidee
Posted By: Elizabeth Crawley on Tuesday, June 07, 2011 1:18pm

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