At 6am AEST on Sunday 11th October, our beloved Caballe the rhinoceros welcomed another baby - a precious male calf. This new addition is the fourth rhino baby to be born at the Zoo in four years!
After a labour that lasted only two hours, both Caballe and her new baby are doing well and will be taking some time out to bond behind the scenes before joining the rest of our ever-growing rhino family.
With a rhino gestation period totalling 17 months, this long-awaited birth signifies a successful rhino breeding program at Australia Zoo, helping us highlight the plight of rhinos in the wild.
Our Head Keeper for ‘Africa', Manu Ludden, is excited by the birth of this newest addition to Australia Zoo and says he is doing well!
"We are so happy to announce the birth of another healthy baby rhinoceros. The calf weighs approximately 45kg and is doing extremely well. He's big and strong and is already suckling very well!" she said.
"Caballe is an amazing mother, she's very attentive and protective of her new baby boy," she added.
We'll keep everyone updated on when the little one can be seen on our African Savannah via our website and Facebook page.
In the meantime, guests can visit the rest of our rhino herd at Australia Zoo, or even book in for a rhino encounter - with all proceeds going directly to our wildlife conservation projects on the ground in Africa. Those who can't make it to Australia Zoo for an encounter are still able to help and find out more about our rhino conservation efforts here.