Baby greater one-horned rhino receives her name

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Baby greater one-horned rhino receives her name

After a public vote, “Asha” is the rhino’s chosen name

FORT WORTH, Texas – The first greater one-horned rhinoceros born in Texas now has a name: Asha. More than 3,300 Fort Worth Zoo Facebook fans chose from the five names selected by Zoo staff that reflected the baby rhino’s personality and heritage. Asha, Nepalese for “hope,” was the front-runner from the start, receiving more than half of the total votes.

Carrie Shiflet Ferguson was chosen as the grand prize winner of the naming contest. She was chosen randomly among the Facebook fans who voted for the winning name, and will receive a greater one-horned rhino adoption package and a family four-pack of admission tickets to the Fort Worth Zoo.

Asha, born August 16, 2012, has joined mother Shanti and sire Arun in the Fort Worth Zoo’s Asian Falls exhibit. The greater one-horned rhino is one of 43 endangered species at the Fort Worth Zoo. The Zoo’s greater one-horned rhinos are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan, a program created to manage a sustainable population of endangered species in AZA zoos. The International Rhino Foundation lists the greater one-horned rhino as endangered.

The Fort Worth Zoo has bred three of the five rhinoceros species: black, white and now the greater one-horned rhino. The Zoo currently exhibits black and greater one-horned rhinos.

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.


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