Fans on Busch Gardens' Facebook page can help name the park's newest addition, a female Southern white rhinoceros calf born Oct. 16.
The park's animal care staff selected three possible names for the calf, all of which are Swahili, including:
• Nyota, which means "star"
• Nadra, which means "rare"
• Alasiri, which means "afternoon"
Select a favorite name at facebook.com/BuschGardensTampa through Nov. 11.
The calf was born to Kisiri in the theme park's birthing pavilion.
After nurturing her more than 100-pound babe, park officials said that 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 park's Serengeti Plain habitat.
"The calf already is very comfortable with her new surroundings," park officials said in a news release.
Visitors can catch a glimpse of the pair on a Serengeti Safari tour.
This makes baby rhino number three for Kisiri and Tambo, who have been doing their best to raise the numbers of Southern white rhinos. There are a little more than 20,000 left in the wild.
Females of the species can weigh in 5,000 pounds, making them the second largest land mammals behind elephants. — Times staff writer Robbyn Mitchell contributed to this report. Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.