A female white rhino calf born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo will play an important role in conservation efforts for the species.

The calf is doing well after requiring initial veterinary assistance over the first two days of her life with senior zookeeper Pascale Benoit saying she’s going from “strength to strength”.

The calf, which has not yet been named, was born to mother Mopani in the early hours of August 18 and weighed in at 74 kilograms.

Her birth is another breeding achievement for the rhino conservation program at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Mr Benoit said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The team is thrilled to welcome another precious white rhino,” he said.

“Being a female, this little one will one day play an important role in the regional breeding program, hopefully creating a new genetic bloodline.”


NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean said with about 19,000 white rhinos left in the wild, every birth is vital.

“It shows how critical the conservation work undertaken by Taronga is – not just for rhinos but our native animals that are also under threat,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.


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