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Baby rhino makes debut at Lowry Park Zoo

Jiyu, a baby rhino, is making his debut into the exhibit area of Lowry Park Zoo. Which means, of course, that you can see him there.

The almost 3-week-old endangered Indian rhinoceros (also known as the greater one-horned rhinoceros) was born May 9, three days before Mother's Day. The birth was the third for the zoo in five years, and a significant conservation milestone for the species with fewer than 60 animals in the managed population.

Jiyu will be on exhibit with his mother at the Tampa zoo for limited hours daily. His name, pronounced JAI-you, means compassionate friend. He was named by the zoo's Asian animal care team. Jiyu's keepers say he is bold and outgoing, with a big personality for a little rhino.

Counting the new male calf, there are just 54 Indian rhinos in accredited facilities, with an estimated wild population of no more than 2,850.

The zoo is at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, 1 mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours during special events.

Baby rhino makes debut at Lowry Park Zoo 05/29/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:10pm]

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