The Dublin Zoo Just Welcomed the Most Adorable Baby Rhino — See the Cuteness Here

The adorable rhino was born at the Dublin Zoo in January.

The Dublin Zoo recently announced a new and adorable addition — a Southern white rhinoceros calf. 

Mom Nyala and dad Chaka are doing well, as the yet-to-be-named  rhinoceros joins a family with half-brother, Fionn in Dublin Zoo’s African Savanna exhibit. The Zoo shared with Travel + Leisure this week that the family has already “developed a loving bond.”

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“Nyala is a very attentive mother, and it is wonderful to watch the pair develop their amazing bond as the days go on. The calf is cautious and stays quite close to her mother, however, we can already see glimpses of her outgoing personality and look forward towatching her integrate with the herd at Dublin Zoo.” said Helen Clarke-Bennett, the team leader of the African Plains at the Dublin Zoo in a statement shared with T+L. 

The baby Southern white rhinoceros female calf weighed in at 50 kg, or 110 lbs, and can grow to as much as 7,900 lbs.

Mother and baby Rhino calf born at the Dublin Zoo

Patrick Bolger/Courtesy of Dublin Zoo

New baby Rhino calf born at the Dublin Zoo

Patrick Bolger/Courtesy of Dublin Zoo

Fans of the Zoo shared hundreds of well wishes to the Rhino and Zoo on Facebook, with one fan sharing “She is so small, hard to imagine her growing so big as an adult!”.

The rhino's birth took place on Jan. 2, and was announced on Feb. 9. The growing family is especially exciting for the zoo, as these rhinos were once on the verge of extinction, and there are approximately 16,000 of them alive in the world today. The species is currently listed as “Near Threatened” by the World Wildlife Fund.The Dublin Zoo is part of the “European Endangered Species Programme” which was established to help aid the survival of the Southern white rhinoceros, according to a release from the Dublin Zoo. 

The Dublin Zoo first opened in 1831, and now welcomes over 1 million visitors a year. The Zoo is located in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, which is the largest urban park in Europe spanning over 1750 acres. The Zoo is open daily from 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m., however the “Africa Plains” exhibit which houses the new Rhino has a last entry time of 4:00 p.m.. Tickets are required for admission into the Zoo, prices range from €14.00 to €21.40, and children under three are given free admission. Travelers can save 15% by booking tickets in advance.

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