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You could name the zoo’s new baby rhino!

Posted at 2:31 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 14:31:31-04

CINCINNATI — Does he look like a “Frank?” Maybe a “Sully?”

It’s up to you to name the Cincinnati Zoo’s new eastern black rhinoceros.

The zoo is throwing a virtual baby shower for the week-old baby boy and his mom, Seyia, to raise money for their care.

A $100 gift gets participants a chance to name the baby, meet the rhinos and a Rhino Rembrandt painting.

“This is a rare calf and a rare naming opportunity! The rhino team named the calf born in 2017 (Kendi) and definitely had some ideas for this one,” said Cincinnati Zoo’s curator of mammals Christina Gorsuch. “Knowing the importance of the fundraising this year, we all agreed that offering this special honor to a Zoo supporter would be good for everyone.”

The name must be mutually agreed upon by the winner and the zoo staff, Gorsuch said.

A $100 donation covers the cost of all the orchard grass, alfalfa hay, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, apple and oat biscuits, and Vitamin E that a rhino eats in a week.

Participants can purchase a shower gift here through Sept. 27. The winning name will be announced during a virtual baby shower on October 1.