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Rhino calf born at Dublin Zoo

Thursday, 16th November, 2017 2:36pm

Rhino calf born at Dublin Zoo

Nyala with her first calf .

Rhino calf born at Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo has announced the birth of a southern white rhinoceros calf.

The male calf, yet to be named, was born to mother Nyala and father Chaka on Sunday November 12 and weighs approximately 50kg.

The youngster is Nyala’s first calf and 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 settling in extremely well.

Visitors will be able to get a glimpse of mother and calf through the window into the Rhinoceros House.

It is estimated that 20,000 of these animals exist in the wild and 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.

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!”

Dublin Zoo, a not for profit organisation, is open seven days a week from 9.30am to 4pm. For further information on Dublin Zoo visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo and www.dublinzoo.ie.

(This species got their name ‘white’ rhinoceros from a mispronunciation of the Afrikaans word for ’wide’ and refers to their wide, flat mouth which has adapted for grazing. Southern white rhinoceros have poor eyesight but have acute senses of hearing and smell.)

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