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February 15, 2017

Rhino born: You are invited to visit the nursery!

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

The little rhino is called Karuna and can be visited in the pachyderm house, Taman Indah.

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.

Now, after the birth, you can still watch the baby from the comfort of your living room. 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.

The baby could stand and had suckled within 45 minutes of the birth. The calf then walked around the nursery a couple of times; clearly a strong and active baby.

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

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.