Meet Dublin zoo's newest arrival - a male rhino calf
Published 29/08/2016 | 14:04
A male rhino calf was born at Dublin zoo last Thursday.
The southern white rhinoceros calf was born to mother Ashanti and father Chaka at 1.45pm on August 25. He weighs a whopping 60 kilograms.
The baby joins the rest of the herd – Sam, Reni, Chaka, Zanta, Nyala and his mother Ashanti - at the African Savanna in the zoo.
The newborn is Ashanti’s fifth calf.
Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of the African Plains said, “We are absolutely thrilled with the new arrival. Ashanti is an experienced mother and the birth was very relaxed. The mother and calf are bonding and will remain very close for the first year of his life.”
It is estimated that 20,000 southern white rhinoceros exist in the wild. The majority are found in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya. Poaching for rhino horn is the most significant threat to the wild population.
Dublin Zoo financially supports the conservation organization Lowveld Rhino Trust, who are based in Zimbabwe and help protect rhinos from poachers.