Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced the birth of a female Eastern black rhino calf on July 9, 2022. Both mom, Kibibbi, and her calf are doing well and are bonding behind-the-scenes for the next few weeks.
The birth is an important one for the species as Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered with less than 750 remaining in the wild due to poaching that supplies the illegal international rhino horn trade and habitat loss. Guests are invited to help name the calf and support conservation efforts to protect the species.
Guests can help name the calf and support efforts to protect the critically endangered species. To participate in the naming opportunity, guests can cast their vote with a donation at the Zoo’s Daniel Maltz Rhino Reserve or online at FutureForWildlife.org/RhinoNaming for one of the following names:
- Ali – meaning supreme
- Anika – meaning sweet
- Dalia – meaning gentle