Niji (left) turned five years old in June 2014. She likes to keep to herself, and is not always easy for the rangers at Ol Pejeta to spot. When she feels like having some company, she finds her friend Ossie. Their mothers were great friends when Niji and Ossie were growing up. Female black rhinos will usually have their first calf at around seven years old – so Niji has got two more years to prepare for motherhood. If she follows the typical pattern, she should have a calf every three years after that. Each baby is a triumph for black rhino populations, and we have no doubt that Niji will make an excellent mother.
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