Photo Story: Two rhino calves born in European zoos

A newborn rhino with his mother in the Burgers Zoo stable in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Photo: EPA-EFE/PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW

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Two European zoos, one in Germany and the other in the Netherlands, this week announced the birth of two separate rhino calves.

In Dortmund in Germany. Willi was born on 08 January. Rhinos are one of the most endangered species in the world, and the white rhino has been poached almost to extinction because of the desirability of its horns.

This makes Dortmund Zoo one of only six zoos in Germany to have succeeded in breeding a white rhino.

White rhino calf at the Dortmund Zoo
The newborn white rhino named Willi walks next to its mother Shakina in the zoo in Dortmund, Germany. EPA-EFE/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL

Then the Royal Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands also announced the birth of a rhino calf, it is the eleventh broad-lip rhino from the breeding program of the Arnhem zoo.

Since 2002, ten white rhinos have been born at the Royal Burgers’ Zoo, with 270 white rhinos living throughout all European zoos. The white rhino is also known as the square-lipped rhino.


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