Posted In Animals, Conservation | 19th February 2020

Male Rhino Calf Born at Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is Delighted to Announce the Birth of a Southern White Rhinoceros Calf.

Experienced mum, Ashanti gave birth to the healthy male calf at 4.30am on February 10th after a 16-month gestation period. The calf is estimated to weigh approx. 50kg.

The youngster is Ashanti’s seventh calf and becomes the newest member of the seven-strong herd (also known as a crash) in the African Plains, including father Chaka.


Book your day tickets here to catch a glimpse of mother and calf by looking through the window into the Rhinoceros House.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome another rhinoceros calf to Dublin Zoo. These animals were on the verge of extinction in the 20th century. Ashanti is an excellent mother. She and the calf share a strong bond, and it has been wonderful to watch them play together. We’re looking forward to watching him integrate with the rest of the herd.” Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of the African Plains


Southern white rhinos are classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. There is currently estimated to be 18,000- 20,000 individuals left in the wild making it by far the most populous of all rhino species. See what Dublin Zoo is doing to support the Southern white rhinos here.