Baby White Rhino Stomps Into Busch Gardens
Published on December 09, 2013
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has a new zoo baby in its family — but don't call this one a little girl!
The female white rhinoceros was born Oct. 23, and weighed 140 pounds at birth. She'll put on about four pounds every day, until she reaches an adult weight of more than 3,500 pounds.
She's the second calf born to mother Kisiri, and the seventh for father Tambo. Both Kisiri and Tambo were airlifted from Kruger National Park in South Africa in 2001, thanks to a nonprofit that protects the rhino species. Estimates put the white rhino's wild population at fewer than 15,000.
The newborn calf is the eighth member of the zoo's rhino crash (which is what you call a group of rhinoceroses). She doesn't have a name yet, but you can help with that! Visit the Busch Gardens Facebook page to vote for your favorite of the four available name choices: Bahati, Jasiri, Safiri or Saba.