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16th Nov 2017

A baby rhino has been born in Dublin Zoo

Look at its little face.

Laura Holland

Look at its little face.

Dublin Zoo has welcomed the arrival of a new baby rhino. The male southern white rhinoceros calf was born to mother Nyala and father Chaka on Sunday, 12th November and weighs approximately 50kgs.

It’s yet to be named but can be seen in the zoo as part of the herd.

The birth marks another significant success for Dublin Zoo as part of the European Endangered Species Programme, established to assist the survival of the southern white rhinoceros.

The newest member of the herd now joins Sam, Reni, Chaka, Zanta, Nyala, Ashanti and Zuko (born at Dublin Zoo in 2016) in the African Plains and is said to be settling in extremely well. Visitors will be able to get a glimpse of mother and calf by looking through the window into the Rhinoceros House.

Speaking about the calf’s arrival, Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of the African Plains said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome another southern white rhinoceros calf to Dublin Zoo. 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!”