By WECT Staff | April 17, 2020 at 8:25 AM EDT – Updated May 4 at 2:51 PM
ASHEBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina Zoo reveals the name chosen by the public.
This morning, First Lady of North Carolina Kristen Cooper announced the zoo’s newest baby rhino is to be called JoJo (pronounced joe-joe) after rhino keeper Joseph “Jojo” Wachira of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
The new calf, who was born to mom Linda and dad Stormy on Feb. 24, weighed approximately 80-90 pounds at birth. This was the second rhino birth this year at the zoo, and the fourth in the last two years.
The public was invited to vote in an online poll from a list of four names provided by the zoo’s rhino keepers.
These were the names, in order of their favorites, chosen by the zoo’s rhino zookeepers.
- Rubybelle (ru-bee-bell): name of a young female rhino rescued after her mother was poached in South Africa
- Etosha (ee-toe-sha): for Etosha National Park in Namibia where the zoo has an anti-poaching conservation program.
- Jojo (joe-joe): one of the keepers of rhino Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Jojo and Sudan’s story was featured in the documentary movie “Kifaru” which showed at RiverRun International Film Festival in 2019.
- Kendi (ken-dee): African origin – means loved one in Swahili
Voting closed Friday, April 24.
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