Cincinnati Zoo’s Baby Black Rhino Now Has a Name

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: October 5, 2020 12:20 pm

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This baby black rhino has been named Ajani Joe

Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden have announced that their black rhino calf will be named Ajani Joe. The calf was born on August 21st to mother Seiya and dad Faru.

The name for the calf was decided by Martha Wolf who won the opportunity as part of a competition. Guests were invited to donate $100 towards the care of the rhinos which earned them an invitation to a virtual rhino baby shower and an entry in the contest to the name the rhino.

Each donation helps to support a week of food for Seiya and Ajani Joe.

Wolf chose to name the calf Ajani Joe after winning the contest. The name was agreed in consultation with rhino keepers.

“My father’s name is Joe and I wanted to honor him but also to choose a name that was of African origin, since that’s the black rhino’s native land,” said Wolf. “Ajani means ‘he who wins the struggle’. My dad has been a rock recently as my mom’s primary caretaker, and I hope the little rhino will be strong like him!”

cincinnati zoo black rhino named

This baby black rhino has been named Ajani Joe

Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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Keepers describe the calf as spunky and curious. Recently he has been exploring the yard under the watchful eye of mum Seiya.

“This little guy is an important ambassador for his species. Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered, and he is the first of his kind born this year in North America. Only eight others, including his brother, were born in the three years prior.”

Eastern black rhinos come from Africa and are endangered. As few as 5,000 black rhinos may remain in the wild. A population of 60 rhino are managed in North American zoos as part of the black rhino Species Survival Plan.

Learn more about the black rhino here – Black Rhino Fact File

Learn more about the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens on their website – Cincinnati Zoo

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