The Dublin Zoo has welcomed its newest resident, a 110-pound baby southern white rhinoceros calf.
While the tiny rhino, born on November 12 to proud parents Nyala and Chaka, has yet to be named, these just-released photos from the Dublin Zoo show that he is doing an excellent job of romping and playing and bonding with his mother.
According to the zoo, the youngster is Nyala’s first calf and the birth is another significant success for Dublin Zoo as part of the European Endangered Species Program, established to assist the survival of the southern white rhinoceros.
The newest and littlest member of the herd now Sam, Reni, Chaka, Zanta, Nyala, Ashanti and Zuko (born at Dublin Zoo in 2016) in the African Plains and is settling in extremely well, they report. Lucky visitors will be able to get a glimpse of mother and calf by looking 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.
The Dublin Zoo financially supports the conservation organization Lowveld Rhino Trust, who are based in Zimbabwe and help protect rhinos from poachers.