Sunday 23 September 2018

First Look: Gorgeous baby rhinoceros born at Dublin Zoo

Photo: Dublin zoo
Photo: Dublin zoo
The new rhino calf at Dublin Zoo.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A 50-kilogram southern white rhinoceros calf has been born at Dublin zoo.

The male calf, yet to be named, was born to mother Nyala and father Chaka on Sunday, November 12.

The calf is Nyala’s first-born.

“The newest addition to the herd is Nyala’s first calf, which is very special and she has taken to motherhood extremely well. The calf is healthy, strong, feeding well and full of life already,” Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of the African Plains said.

The calf now joins the zoo’s herd of Sam, Reni, Chaka, Zanta, Nyala, Ashanti and Zuko, who was born at Dublin Zoo in 2016, in the African Plain.

Some 20,000 southern white rhinoceros exist in the wild - the majority of whom are found in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya.

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