Learn more about our youngest animals here at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
A southern white rhinoceros was born overnight on October 9, 2013 to experienced mother "Kidogo." The newest offspring marks the third successful southern white rhino birth and the sixth rhino born in the Zoo’s history (three African, three Asian). The newest calf has been named "Khari" (K-har-E), an African name meaning "king like." Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Rhino Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) which includes the southern white rhino Species Survival Plan (SSP), designed to support the conservation of select wildlife species at risk of extinction. The Zoo is currently home to a herd of seven southern white rhinos: three adult females from the Phinda Reserve in Africa, one adult male, the second-born juvenile rhino “Kande,” and the newborn. As a species that lives in a herd, Kidogo and calf have begun introductions to the other rhinos and the Grevy’s zebra, who share their exhibit.
Khari is almost a year old and already acting like a grown up! He does regular voluntary blood draws very well and comes right over when the keepers call his name. His favorite thing is to get scratches from his trainers.