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You can vote on a name for Busch Gardens' new baby rhino (w/video)

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 swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

You can vote on a name for Busch Gardens' new baby rhino (w/video) 10/28/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2015 11:24am]
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