Posted on 10th September 2019 by Media Relations
One of Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s latest arrivals is in need of a name, and Zoo Keepers would like your help to find one!
The precious female White Rhino calf was born behind the scenes in the early hours of Sunday 18 August 2019 to mother Mopani. Weighing in at 74kg at birth, the not so little bundle of joy has gone from strength to strength, is growing steadily and even starting to be curious about what her mother is eating.
“At just three weeks of age, the calf is staying close to Mopani’s side. Mopani is being a very protective and caring mother. It’s been wonderful to see her bond so well with her calf. She is an experienced mum and she’s taking it all in her stride,” said Supervisor Pascale Benoit.
“The calf is doing all the things that newborns do, suckling and napping, and already starting to grow in confidence, venturing away from mum from time to time to stretch her legs, but always heading quickly back.
“She is quite a confident and strong calf, and we’d love to give her a name that reflects the lovely little personality she is developing.”
Zoo Keepers are looking for a name that is of African origin, in respect to the native homeland of the White Rhino.
To make a suggestion – simply head to the Zoo’s website, where you’ll find an entry page and competition terms and conditions. There is even a great prize up for grabs for the winning entry – a night at Zoofari Lodge overlooking the African Savannah where giraffes, rhinos and antelope roam.
“All you need to do to enter is find a name of African origin and complete the form on our website to be in the running. Make sure you provide both the name and its meaning, and then tell us in 25 words or less why you think your suggested name should be chosen,” said Pascale.
The competition has commenced and will close at midday on Wednesday 18 September, when keepers will review and choose the winning name, to be announced ahead or World Rhino Day on 22 September.
“Mother and calf have been moving around the rhino enclosure very well,” said Pascale. “Usually they will have a little burst of activity in the morning, heading out so that mum can eat her breakfast, and the calf might go for a little gallop. This is closely followed by suckling and then a nap in the sunshine. Sometimes in mum’s hay!”
The entire Zoo team is thrilled to have welcomed another precious White Rhino that will one day play an important role in the regional breeding program. If you haven’t visited the calf as yet, the coming spring months will be the perfect time to watch her grow and explore her surroundings. Don’t forget discounted Mates Rates or annual passes for locals!