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Macheo White Rhino calf

Pascale Benoit, Senior White Rhino Keeper

We are excited to announce that our White Rhino calf has been named Macheo (pronounced Ma-che-o) meaning ‘sunrise’ in Swahili. Macheo has been named by a long-term supporter of the Zoo who selected the name after learning the calf was born in the early hours of the morning.

We are really ecstatic about the calf’s name and think it is very fitting. Not only for the fact that he was born at sunrise but also we hope that his birth signals the dawn of a new era for the Zoo’s White Rhino herd and also rhinos in the wild.

Macheo has been going from strength to strength over the past few weeks, he is really growing in confidence and size as he now weighs approx 150kgs. Macheo is displaying all the right behaviours for a rhino calf and is very inquisitive and a little mischievous.

A great time to come and see Macheo is during the school holidays as there will be a special free keeper talk at 2:15pm daily where visitors can learn more about this adorable new addition to the herd and the plight of rhino species in the wild.