Facebook Fans Help Name Baby Rhino at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens® Tampa is asking fans to help name the park’s newest addition – a female southern white rhinoceros calf born the afternoon of Oct. 16.


The park’s animal care staff selected their top three names for the calf, all of which are Swahili, including:

·         Nyota, which means “star”

·         Nadra, which means “rare”

·         Alasiri, which means “afternoon”

Busch Gardens Tampa is giving everyone a chance to vote by simply logging on to the Busch Gardens Tampa Facebook page and selecting a favorite name. The naming poll takes place now through Nov. 11.

Earlier this week, Kasiri and her calf joined the rest of the park’s southern white rhinoceros herd, also known as a crash, on the Serengeti Plain® habitat. The calf already is very comfortable with her new surroundings. Guests can catch a glimpse of the pair on a Serengeti Safari tour.

Busch Gardens participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for southern white rhinoceros. The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific species populations within AZA-accredited facilities.

Be the first to know updates about the calf by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.


Busch Gardens is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment®, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.


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