Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s new male baby eastern black rhinoceros has a name. The winning name, chosen by more than 9,000 votes in a week-long online poll, is Juba, which means ‘brave’ in Swahili.
Juba was born on July 1, 2012 and his birth is truly a rare event as he is the first eastern black rhinoceros calf born in North America since January 2011.
Juba is the first for mother Kibibbi, who was born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 2003. Jimma, Juba's father, is now on loan to the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Juba's birth marks the first time that three generations of rhinos have been represented at the Zoo - Kibibbi's mother Inge, Kibibbi and Juba.
Juba weighed about 80 pounds at birth, but is already up to 185 lbs and still growing! When fully grown, he will weigh about 3,000 pounds.
The Zoo has been very successful in breeding eastern black rhinos as part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Program -- this is the fifth successful rhino birth at the Zoo since 2000. SSPs are cooperative breeding and management groups for endangered or threatened species including black rhinos, lowland gorillas, polar bears and African elephants.
The eastern black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis michaeli) 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.
Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.
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