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Baby southern white rhinoceros born at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Posted at 5:30 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 17:39:29-04

TAMPA — ZooTampa at Lowry Park has welcomed a baby white rhinoceros to the world!

Mother Alake gave birth to a calf last week, marking the sixth successful southern white rhino birth in the zoo's history.

Once the calf bonds with the mom, it will be introduced to the rest of the herd.

“ZooTampa is deeply committed to the species’ continued survival, both at home and beyond. “Every birth brings hope to the continued conservation of this incredible species.” said Chris Massaro, general curator at ZooTampa.

According to ZooTampa, the majority of southern white rhinos live in just four countries in Africa: Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Their unique body is characterized by a pronounced hump and two horns at the ends of its muzzle, used to defend against its predators and establish social dominance.

The northern white rhino, a relative of the southern white rhino, have been considered extinct in the wild, with only two remaining in professional care.

Guests may catch a glimpse of the adorable rhino calf on the Zoo’s safari tram ride, included with daily admission. To get an even closer look, guests can also add on a white rhino encounter starting at $10.

For ticket info, click here.