Name Those Rhinos

The Toronto Zoo wants to have the public help in naming their two baby Rhinos! The Zoo currently has two baby rhinos in its care including a white rhino calf who was born in December, 2017 and the first baby animal born at the zoo this year the Greater One-Horned Rhino calf who was born to Ashakiran on January 4th, 2018. There are around 20,000 White Rhinos in the world leaving their population as Near Threatened; while the Greater One-Horned Rhino or Indian Rhino as it is also known are vulnerable with only about 3,500 in the world.


To have a hand in naming either of these animals is quite a rare treat. Unlike other online naming opportunities the Zoo is not soliciting names at random but is instead offering a choice of three options for each animal.


For the Greater One-Horned Rhino, who you can meet starting this weekend at the Zoo, the name options are;

  • Kavi – Meaning ‘Poet or Wise Man’ in Hindi
  • Kiran – Meaning ‘Ray of Light’ in Hindi
  • Genda – Meaning ‘Rhinoceros’ in Hindi

The White Rhino will not be available for viewing until the spring but the names available to choose from for it are;

  • Kwesi – Meaning ‘born on Sunday’ in Akan
  • Theodore – Starting with a T for dad – Tom.
  • Matumaini – Meaning ‘Hope’ in Swahili

Now while you won’t be able to meet the White Rhino until the spring it doesn’t mean the zoo isn’t happy to be showing him off; there was a video released 6 days ago showing a little fun with snow. Check it out below and more videos on the Zoo’s Youtube channel.

Toronto Zoo White Rhino Calf Meets Snow

By: Toronto Zoo

From: Youtube.

In case you can’t get out to meet the Greater One-Horned Rhino calf before the naming contest closes here he is playing in water.

Toronto Zoo Greater One-Horned Rhino Calf Playing In Shower

By: Toronto Zoo

From: Youtube

Now that you’ve had a chance to meet the critters if you want to engage with the naming contest you need to go to

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t miss out!

Image from the Toronto Zoo Facebook Page.

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