The Oklahoma City Zoo wants the public to name its baby rhino

The male Indian rhino was born in June at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
by Matt Patterson Published: July 8, 2014
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A newborn Indian rhinoceros stands with his mother, Niki, in a mud wallow at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The as yet unnamed rhino was born at 5:20 p.m. at the zoo June 21. The male calf is the fourth Indian rhino born at the zoo since the zoo added the species in 1981, but the first offspring for 7-year-old Niki. AP Photo
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A newborn Indian rhinoceros stands with his mother, Niki, in a mud wallow at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The as yet unnamed rhino was born at 5:20 p.m. at the zoo June 21. The male calf is the fourth Indian rhino born at the zoo since the zoo added the species in 1981, but the first offspring for 7-year-old Niki. AP Photo Sue Ogrocki - AP

The Oklahoma City Zoo is looking to the public to help name its 176-pound newborn rhinoceros.

>>Vote: Help the zoo name the baby rhino

The male Indian rhino was born June 21 at the zoo. The contest to name the animal runs through Thursday. The winning name will be announced July 14. Those interested in voting can visit www.okczoo.com.

When Malee the elephant was named, the zoo received about 18,000 votes over 10 days.

The three choices the public can vote on are:

Rupert – This name is a twist on the currency of India, the rupee. It is the favorite of the pachyderm staff.

Russell – Almost self-explanatory, this name is a tip of the cap to Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Garjan – The Hindi word for Thunder.

The naming process began before the rhino was born. The pachyderm staff kept a board in its office for staff to offer suggestions. The three names presented to the public are the narrowed down results of that in-house suggestion period. The process kicked into high gear when the baby was born.

“That night he was born it was a lot of fun listening to the staff going back and forth on the narrowing of the names,” Oklahoma City Zoo Marketing Director Tara Henson said. “Everyone was giddy about not only the birth but deciding what he would be named.”

>>Read: Oklahoma City Zoo welcomes baby rhino (Published June 23, 2014)


by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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