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Name the baby rhino!

19 August 2013

Over the last two months, we’ve been touched by the way that members of the public have followed the journey of our precious Southern White Rhino calf at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Now weighing in at 135kg, she continues to get bigger and stronger every day. There’s just one thing that’s missing...her name!

Zoo members were given the opportunity to help us find an African-inspired name and we received an incredible 1027 entries!

The level of thought and research that members put into selecting a name was very impressive and our vets and keepers have had a difficult time narrowing the field down to just five names.

And the shortlisted names are...

Akili: means ‘intelligence’ or ‘intelligent’ in Swahili

Bahati: means ‘good luck’ or ‘good fortune’ in Swahili

Kipenzi: means 'precious one' or 'precious thing' in Swahili

Pembe: means ‘horn’ in Swahili

Pilipili: means 'pepper' in Swahili


Public voting will commence online on Monday 19 August at 6pm and close on Sunday 25 August.