Local

Fort Worth Zoo Welcomes Baby Rhino

View Comments

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth Zoo is celebrating a new addition to the family. The yet-to-be-named female one-horned rhino was born August 16, 2012. The rhino weighs about 130 pounds and was born to 25 year-old Shanti. Visitors can now see both Shanti and her calf in the Asian Falls exhibit at the zoo.

The birth is the first of it’s kind at the Fort Worth Zoo and the first ever in Texas.

“This birth is a tremendous milestone for the Fort Worth Zoo,” said Zoo executive Director Michael Fouraker. “We are excited to continue our commitment to the conservation of this endangered species.”

The greater one-horned rhino is one of 43 endangered species currently on display at the Zoo. There are five rhinoceros species in existence today, and three of the five can be seen at the Fort Worth Zoo. The one-horned rhino is named for the single horn atop its head that measures between 8 and 24 inches.

If you want to participate in helping the Fort Worth Zoo name this new rhino, you can do so by going to the Fort Worth Zoo’s Facebook page and vote between the five names. The name that has the most votes by September 20 will be the baby rhino’s new name. The name and the grand prizewinner will be selected from amongst all entries of the winning name on September 21.

(© Copyright 2012 CBSDFW.COM, CBS Local Media. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments