The new calf is the fifth southern white rhino born at the Florida zoo

By Kelli Bender
Updated September 26, 2016 11:38 AM
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Put your horns together for Lowry Park Zoo‘s newest addition.

This adorable female rhino calf was born to mother Kidogo at the Tampa, Florida, zoo on Sept. 12. She is the fifth successful southern white rhino birth and eighth overall rhino birth in the zoo’s history.

The calf was born just just in time to celebrate World Rhino Day, which was Sept. 22. She currently weighs between 80 to 100 lbs., but could eventually grow to be close to 4,500 lbs.

Credit: Courtesy Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Right now, mom and baby are enjoying some solo bonding time, but soon they will return to the zoo’s rhino exhibit, where they will be cohabiting with four other rhinos and a herd of Grévy’s zebras.

“This feisty calf makes a great addition to the already thriving herd we have here at the zoo,” Dr. Larry Killmar, Chief Zoological Officer for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, said in a statement about the birth. “We hope guests are as excited as we are to get to know the calf and learn more about our herd as well as the species overall.”

Credit: Courtesy Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

While she is hornless for now, the calf will eventually grow two horns at the end of her muzzle. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is working to protect the horns of this rhino and rhinos around the world by raising awareness about the alarming number of rhinos that die each day because of poachers looking for horns to sell. If poachers continue killing rhinos at the rate they are now, the animal could become extinct in the next 15 years.