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Dublin Zoo's latest arrival, a male southern white rhinoceros calf. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins

Dublin Zoo's latest arrival, a male southern white rhinoceros calf. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins

Dublin Zoo's latest arrival, a male southern white rhinoceros calf. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins

HE'S not quite one of a kind, but Dublin Zoo's latest is arrival is one of only 20,000.

This little southern white rhinoceros has been running riot since his birth on April 26.

The male calf joins the rest of the herd – Sam, Reni, Chaka, Zanti, Nyalla, and mother Ashanti.

It is estimated that only 20,000 of these animals exist in the wild, the majority in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kenya.

Southern white rhinoceros have poor eyesight but have acute senses of hearing and smell. Numbers are declining rapidly through poaching.

Helen Clarke-Bennett said: "We are absolutely thrilled with the new arrival. This male is a significant birth because he will play an important role for zoo breeding programmes."

Dublin Zoo is inviting children to suggest a name for the calf based on his African origin. Tune into Breakfast With Hector on 2fm on Monday and Tuesday from 7am until 9am to find out how to enter and for details.

kdoyle@herald.ie


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