Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announces name of baby rhino - Juba

CLEVELAND - And the winning name is …. Juba.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 's new male baby eastern black rhinoceros was named during an online contest where more than 9,000 votes were cast in a week-long poll.

 Juba means ‘brave' in Swahili.

He was born on July 1, 2012 and his birth is truly a rare event as he is the first eastern black rhinoceros calf born in North America since January 2011.

Juba is the first for mother Kibibbi, who was born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 2003. Jimma, Juba's father, is now on loan to the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Juba's birth marks the first time that three generations of rhinos have been represented at the Zoo - Kibibbi's mother Inge, Kibibbi and Juba.      

Juba weighed about 80 pounds at birth, but is already up to 185 lbs and still growing. When fully grown, he will weigh about 3,000 pounds.

The eastern black rhinoceros is classified as "critically endangered" in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the primary organization for quantifying conservation assessment efforts. The IUCN estimates there are fewer than 1,000 of this rhino subspecies left in the wild, concentrated primarily in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.

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