We have a winner! The winning name, chosen by you, is JUBA, which means 'brave' in Swahili. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo wants to thank everyone who voted, more than 9,000, in our online poll to help name our new male baby eastern black rhinoceros.
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 contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who voted!
The eastern black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis michaeli) is classfied as "critically endangered" in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the primary organization for quantifying conservation assessment efforts. The IUCN estimates that there are less than 1,000 of this rhino subspecies left in the wild, concentrated primarily in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has been very successful in breeding eastern black rhinos and participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Eastern Black Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan. SSPs are cooperative breeding and management groups for endangered or threatened species including black rhinos, lowland gorillas, polar bears and African elephants.
Who's Who in the Herd:
Inge: female, wild-born in South Africa, arrived at the Zoo in 1997, estimated to be 18-20 years old, mother of Kibibbi and Johari. Inge has given birth to two other calves during her time at the Zoo – Azzizi, who now lives at the Pittsburgh Zoo, and Zuri, who is in Portland at the Oregon Zoo.
Kibibbi: female, born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 9 years old, daughter of Inge and mother of new calf
Johari: female, born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 1 year old, daughter of Inge
Juba: male, born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 1 month old, son of Kibibbi
The Zoo’s rhinos can be found in the African Savanna, between Monkey Island and the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine.