Endangered Rhino Born at Texas Zoo

Sep 2, 2012 6:18am
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                                                                                        (Image Credit: Fort Worth Zoo)

The Fort Worth Zoo is asking for the public’s help in naming a newborn female greater one-horned rhinoceros.

The calf, which was born Aug. 16, is an endangered species, making the birth all the more special, said Michael Fouraker, executive director of the zoo.

A list of five names were chosen to reflect the calf’s “heritage and personality.” A poll will be open on the zoo’s Facebook page until Sept. 30.

Among the most popular names so far: Asha, meaning “hope” and Kumari, meaning “princess.”

The greater one-horned rhino is named for a single horn atop its head, measuring between eight and 24 inches. The species has two distinct skin folds on its body, giving the appearance it is wearing armor.

The calf is the fifth successful offspring for Shanti, a 25-year-old rhino on loan from the San Francisco Zoo.

Arun, a 22-year-old rhino, however, was made a father for the 27th time.

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