Dublin Zoo is definitely one of our favourite places in Ireland, with almost every family in the country making the trek at some stage.
There was great excitement at the zoo this week, as one of its inhabitants welcomed a new arrival!
Southern white rhinoceros Ashanti, who has four children, lives in the African Savannah and she gave birth to a male calf on August 25.
— Dublin Zoo (@DublinZoo) August 29, 2016
According to the Irish Mirror, Helen Clarke-Bennett of Dublin Zoo said that the team were over the moon with the news and were looking forward to welcoming the little one to the family.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the new arrival. Ashanti is an experienced mother and the birth was very relaxed.
“The mother and calf are bonding and will remain very close for the first year of his life.”
The birth has also been hailed as a “significant success” for the zoo, as part of an European Endangered Species Programme established to assist the survival of the near threatened southern white rhinoceros.
“With numbers as low as 50 left in the wild in the early 1900s, this subspecies of white rhino increased to become the most common of all the rhino species. However, the alarming increase in poaching since 2008 threatens the rhinoceros population in the wild,” said a spokesperson.
Dublin Zoo is now looking for some help in naming the new calf and kids are being asked to submit their suggestions, taking into account his African origin, at www.dublinzoo.ie.