Cleveland Zoo: Baby rhino gets a name

5:13 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- After more than 9,000 votes, the new baby rhino at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has a name -- Juba.

Juba, which means "brave" in Swahili, was selected as part of a week-long online poll.

The other proposed names for the rhino calf included: Bakari (noble promise), Hasani (handsome), Jimbi (combination of his parents' names, Kibibbi and Jimma) and Kito (precious child).

Juba weighed approximately 80 pounds when he was born on July 1. Since then, he already weighs 185 pounds and will end up tipping the scales at 3,000 pounds when he's fully grown.

He is the first eastern black rhinoceros calf born in North American since January 2011.

According to zoo officials, the eastern black rhinoceros is classified as "critically endangered" in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the primary organization for quantifying conservation assessment efforts. The IUCN estimates there are fewer than 1,000 of this rhino subspecies left in the wild, concentrated primarily in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.

Earlier this summer, the Akron Zoo's new octopus selected Cora as her name after voters narrowed the choices down to three in a poll.

Photos: Akron Zoo octopus picks its name


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