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Animal news
February 15, 2017

Meet Indian rhino Karuna

A baby Indian rhino was born in Rotterdam Zoo at 11:44 p.m. on 14 February. Mother, Namaste, and her daughter Karuna are both doing well.

Meet them at the pachyderm house, Taman Indah. Karuna likes to play outside. She rolls in the mud, runs around, meets the birds in her outdoor area and regularly splashes in the outdoor pool during her ‘swimming lessons’ with mother Namaste.


Many fans were actually able to were able to watch the birth live via our webcams or via the Blijdorp-app and comments on Facebook and Twitter are ongoing.

The webcam images on our website have been seen by more than 1,200,000 times in one month. The rhino vlogs in which the rhino keeper filmed and explained the preparations for the birth are also very popular.

On the evening of the birth, the kempers realized early on in that the birth was imminent; Namaste was very restless and did not want to eat. Her behavior was followed on the webcams, the keepers were not with her during the birth. Their presence was not needed, Namaste had to do the work herself and it is much better for her to give birth in an undisturbed, peaceful environment.

Plancekendael in Belgium some time ago. Namaste is an experienced mother, she has already raised six healthy offspring; four males and two females.

Rotterdam Zoo supports the Rhino Vision 2020

Indian rhinos are only found in a few protected areas in north India and Nepal. In their natural habitat they are threatened by poaching for their valuable horns. Luckily, their numbers have risen in recent years due to successful protection. Rotterdam Zoo supports the Rhino Vision 2020 (IRV 2020) conservation program. IRV 2020 aims to maintain a minimum population of 3,000 Indian rhinos in Assam, India. The project comprises anti-poaching measures, monitoring numbers and behavior, possible translocations and education of the local population.