A southern white rhinoceros calf has been born at Dublin Zoo. The male calf, yet to be named, was born to proud mother Nyala and father Chaka on Sunday.
The youngster is Nyala’s first calf and now joins Sam, Reni, Chaka, Zanta, Nyala, Ashanti and Zuko in the African Plains.
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!”
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.