19 December 2018
On Tuesday, December 4th at 4:40am, Australia Zoo welcomed a new female southern white rhino baby to the family. The newest arrival has been named Carrie.
At birth, these beautiful rhino calves often weigh in at over 60kg and can grow to be more than 3.5 tons and 1.8 metres tall. The white rhino’s gestation period is up to 16 months, but these lucky ladies often carry their babies well and don’t have large pregnant bellies like other mammals.
Within hours Robert Irwin, an award winning photographer, was able to get within metres of the new calf for some intimate images.
Robert said it was incredible to be up close to a rhino that was just hours old.
“It was such a privilege to photograph this beautiful baby and her relationship with her mum, Inyeti. You can really see the connection they already have by just looking at the photos. It’s an experience I won’t forget!” said Robert.
Jahnie Lumsden, Keeper at Australia Zoo said this long awaited birth was very exciting for the team.
“We’ve been waiting many months for this baby’s birth and we’re all delighted to learn that she is very happy and healthy and mum is also doing well.
“When rhinos are first born some good signs would be them trying to walk within an hour and suckling from mum shortly after. She’s staying close by mum and is very cautious and curious, but we’d expect her to gain some confidence in the coming weeks with mum’s guidance,” said Jahnie.
The baby rhino’s name, Carrie, has come from one of the Zoo’s sponsors, The Amazing Baby Company.
Carrie will be an advocate for her wild cousins, who are vulnerable to extinction in the wild.
Australia Zoo and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors support the conservation of rhino in Africa, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The mistruth that rhino horn has medicinal values, means that rhinos continue to be poached in many parts of the world.
Over the coming weeks and months this new addition will be getting used to her environment and her new family members here at Australia Zoo. To find out when you can see her on the African Savannah, keep updated via the Australia Zoo social media pages.
For images and video of this brand new baby, please click here. Please credit Robert Irwin / Australia Zoo.
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