How to age a rhino

GROWTH STAGES OF A BABY RHINO

A rhino calf stays with its mother for up to three-and-a-half years. During this time, it is easiest to age the youngster by comparing its size to that of its mother. Here’s our handy guide.

0-3 MONTHS

At up to three months old, a rhino calf’s shoulder is level with its mother’s groin.

APPROX 1–2 YEARS

 At one- to two-years old, a calf’s shoulder falls between the bottom of the cow’s vulva and the base of her tail. It’s still dependent on its mother.

APPROX 2–3.5 YEARS

By about three years old, the calf is almost independent and if it is seen on its own, it may be mistaken for an adult. Side-by-side with the cow, however, it’s clear the youngster still has a bit of growing to do.

Reproduced courtesy of Keryn Adcock, African Rhino Specialist Group