Thursday, August 30, 2012 , Updated 12:45 p.m., September 21, 2012
UPDATED: Endangered species of rhinoceros was born at Fort Worth Zoo
She was named September 21: Asha.
FORT WORTH A baby rhinoceros was born at the Fort Worth Zoo August 16, 2012, making this special species the first born at the zoo and in Texas. The mother and baby are already on display at the Asian Falls exhibit, according to a statement from the Fort Worth Zoo.
The greater one-horned rhino is an endangered species at the zoo. According to a spokesperson, breeding opportunities are rare because female rhinos must wait four years after giving birth before reproducing again. The zoo has bred black and white rhinos before, but this is the first the greater one-horned.
“This birth is a tremendous milestone for the Fort Worth Zoo,” Zoo Executive Director Michael Fouraker said in a statement. “We are excited to continue our commitment to the conservation of this endangered species.”
Its parents are mom Shanti, 25, and dad Arun, 22.
The baby rhino will be named via a Facebook contest. As of press time, nearly 150 people had suggested names. The name will be announced September 21.
A baby giraffe was also recently born at the Fort Worth Zoo.
UPDATE: She has a name! Texas' first greater one-horned rhinoceros is Asha, Nepalese for "hope." About 3,300 people voted on five names on Facebook, and Asha was the winner from the beginning, reports the Zoo.
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