Follow the live birth of a black rhino

As of today you can keep track of the black rhino called Malaika who is 15 months pregnant and due to give birth over the next few days at the Magdeburg Zoo. With the online live transmission by Stern TV (, you can follow her every footstep via the 3 cameras installed in her box. This is a rare event in the animal world as yearly only three to six black rhinos are born in Zoos within Europe. For Magdeburg it is the eighth birth of a black rhino and the excitement mounts as the due date approaches. This is the second birth for the rhino Malaika. In 2012 she gave birth for the first time and although the pregnancy ran smoothly, the young animal did not survive. Now all we can do is cross our fingers for Malaika and her soon to be new born and hope all goes well this time round. 

In our photo and video archive, you can find more footage of the rhino Mala, born at Christmas time in 2011. Information on the christening of Mala in January 2012, a video showing Mala straight after the birth as well as photos of her first steps of discovery can also be found online.

Magdeburg Zoo is also committed to preserving black rhinos living in the wild. Since 2008, Magdeburg Zoo has been supporting the Etosha buffer zones project in Nambia (Etosha Pufferzonenprojekt).The breeding of black rhinos has a long tradition in Magdeburg Zoo. In 1979 it was the first East German Zoo to successfully breed black rhinos. If you would like to find out more about the family relations between the Magdeburg black rhinos, take a closer look at the family tree here.

Rhino birth 2011

The rhino Mana gave birth to a baby calf called Mana on 24.12.2011. Click here for photos


The Zoo would like to thank Stern TV and MDCC Magdeburg-City-Com GmbH for their support in making the live transmission of the rhino birth possible. 

Preserving the black rhinos in Namibia

The Zoo supports the Etosha Buffer Zone Project in Namibia as part of its activities for nature protection.