Who doesn't love the arrival of a baby animal?
Baby animals are not only the cutest things, but they are also a great sign of conservation.
North Carolina Zoo has recently welcomed a very special arrival, so make sure to keep scrolling to find out more...
The video at the end of her learning to stand will melt your heart.
Over the years, zoos haven't exactly held a great name for themselves.
via: Getty ImagesZoos are now generally frowned upon in the name of animal rights and conservation, but not all zoos are as bad as they seem.
The majority of zoos around the world work tirelessly in aid of animal rights...
via: Getty ImagesAnd they are keen to educate visitors on the welfare of the animals they care for.
Captive breeding is also done to boost the population of certain species...
via: Getty ImagesAnd a lot of animals kept in captivity are there purely because they couldn't survive outside in the wild.
Here in the U.S, there are over 2,400 zoos...
via: Zoo MiamiOne of which is the popular North Carolina Zoo.
The zoo is the world's largest natural habitat zoo.
The zoo has been heavily involved with the conservation of animals for more than 2 decades.
Including the white rhino (otherwise known as the southern rhino).
via: Getty ImagesRhinos are the second-largest mammals on land - the largest being the elephant.
But these incredible animals face immense threats in the wild
via: Getty ImagesIncluding poaching and habitat loss - causing their numbers to dwindle at a rapid rate.
So much so...
via: Getty ImagesThat they were near extinction at the beginning of the 20th century due to being hunted for their horns.
In fact, at one point it was thought that had been completely wiped out.
via: Getty ImagesBut that wasn't the case and the species managed to cling on.
Sadly, however, there's has been a huge surge in rhino poaching since 2007.
via: Getty ImagesPoaching is a huge business, with one rhino horn said to be worth around $257,872.
The rhino horn trade has been made illegal...
via: Getty ImagesBut that doesn't stop poachers, who continue to sell them on the black market.
Luckily, zoos like North Carolina are working hard to conserve the species.
On Monday, the zoo announced the birth of a southern white rhino.
She's the second baby rhino born in the park this year. Keep scrolling to check out the adorable photos.
This is huge news.The rhino calf, who hasn't got a name yet, is expected to gain 100 lbs. per month throughout her first year of life - growing to be between 3,500 and 5,500 lbs. once fully grown.
Her birth marks the fourth calf to be born at the zoo in the past 2 years.
via: FacebookAnd she now joins a herd of 10 rhinos. According to People, the herd is rounded out by females Kit, Natalie, Abby, Olivia, and the new calf’s father, Stormy.
Zookeeper and International Rhino Keepers Association board member Jade Tuttle shared her thoughts on the birth:
via: Facebook“We’re excited that the two juvenile rhinos now have two younger siblings to interact within the herd."
The team says they are exicted to see how the young rhinos interact with each other.
via: Facebook"It’s going to be wonderful for our guests to watch both the very young rhinos and the older generation interact on the grasslands," explained North Carolina Zoo Director Pat Simmons. “These successful births are because of a lot of hard work and collaboration among our entire animal care staff."
The rare birth is said to be a "significant achievement" for the zoo.
via: FacebookAnd both calf and her mom, Linda, are said to be doing well.