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Happy birthday to you, you were born in the zoo Calf; Staff welcome 40 new arrivals in 'remarkable' year.

Byline: CLAIRE GORMAN

IT'S been a busy year for staff at Dublin Zoo with more than 40 new arrivals.

The attraction celebrated the births that included a southern white rhinoceros, two Asian elephants, an eastern bongo and three scimitarhorned oryx.

Director Leo Oosterweghel said 2017 was "truly remarkable".

ONE EASTERN BONGO

Dublin Zoo kicked off the New Year with the birth of an eastern bongo calf, a species classified as critically endangered. Born on January 5, the calf is the offspring of mother Nanyuki and father Hodari.

This was a significant arrival as only between 75 and 140 eastern bongos exist in the wild.

TWO ASIAN ELEPHANT CALVES

Bernhardine, the herd's matriarch, gave birth to a female calf on March 13 and just two months later on May 15, Yasmin had a male baby.

This was the sixth elephant calf born at the zoo in less than three years.

THREE SCIMITARHORNED ORYX

Between February and November, three scimitarhorned oryx were born at the zoo.

The animals were once widespread but due to overhunting, habitat loss and competition they have gradually disappeared from Africa. The species have been classified as extinct in the wild.

ONE SOUTHERN WHITE RHINOCEROS

The zoo announced the birth of a southern white rhinoceros calf on November 12.

The male was born to mother Nyala and father Chaka and weighed 50kg.

ONE AMUR TIGER

TIGER was first birth of year In July, the zoo welcomed a two-year-old Amur tiger called Tundra from Norway.

The tigers are found primarily in the Amur River region between Russia and China.

It is estimated there are as few as 540 remaining in the wild.

ONE SULAWESI CRESTED MACAQUE

A Sulawesi crested macaque was also born this year. Native to the eponymous Indonesian island, they are highly sociable animals and involved in mutual grooming.

TWO RED RUFFED LEMURS

In July, Dublin Zoo welcomed the birth of two red ruffed lemur pups.

Parents Pierre and Fifi saw the brother and sister pups on April 25.

ONE GOELDI'S MONKEY

A Goeldi's monkey baby was born in July at the South American House.

The birth marked the third Goeldi's monkey to be born at Dublin Zoo in the past three years.

ONE BORNEAN ORANGUTAN

A female Bornean orangutan joined on November 15, bringing the group's total to five.

Orangutans are arboreal animals that are classified as endangered with only an estimated 54,000 remaining. Over the past 30 years, 80% of the species' habitat has been destroyed due to widespread deforestation.

Other new additions included two common peafowl, four star tortoises, one turquoise dwarf gecko and a white-naped mangabey.

Staff also welcomed seven chilean flamingos, Bornean bloodsucker lizards, one citron-crested cockatoo, one okapi, two green tree pythons and two panther chameleons.

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