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Baby Indian rhino now on exhibit at Lowry Park Zoo

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Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa has a newborn worth seeing.  An almost 3-week-old endangered Indian rhinoceros (also known as the greater one-horned rhinoceros) is now on exhibit with his mother at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for limited hours each day.

His birth May 9 was the third for the species at the Zoo in five years, and a significant conservation milestone with fewer than 60 animals in the managed population.

The new offspring has been given the Indian name "Jiyu," (pronounced JAI-you) meaning compassionate friend, by the Zoo's Asian animal care team.

His keepers report he is bold and outgoing, with a big personality for a little rhino.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Indian Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan (SSP), designed to support the conservation of select wildlife species at risk of extinction. Counting the new male calf, there are just 54 Indian rhinos in AZA-accredited institutions, with an estimated wild population of no more than 2,850.

 

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