Hamilton Zoo names baby rhino

Samburu is the seventh white rhino for Hamilton Zoo.
CHRISTEL YARDLEY/FAIRFAX NZ

Samburu is the seventh white rhino for Hamilton Zoo.

Hamilton Zoo's latest baby rhino has a name, Samburu

The calf, born on June 28, 2016, joins mother Kito, father Kruger and females Imani, Moesha and her daughter, Jamila.

There are now seven white rhinos at the zoo.

Hamilton Zoo acting curator Catherine Nichols said where possible names are selected with a connection to their natural habitat.

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"The Samburu people are pastoralists who live in the Rift Valley province of Northern Kenya, part of the natural range of the white rhino."

The zoo is also running a Trade Me auction for a chance to get up and close to a rhino.

The experience will include footprint artwork from Samburu and his mum Kito, a rhino Eye2Eye encounter and also the opportunity to get up close with Samburu and Kito.

"Samburu is not taking part in the rhino encounters yet so this will be the first chance for a member of the public to get up close to him, which is pretty exciting," Nichols said.

Although still hunted and poached for their horns, there are around 20,000 southern white rhino in captivity.

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