Learn more about our youngest animals here at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
One day before her own birthday, and three days before Mother's Day, an endangered Indian rhinoceros (also known as a greater one-horned rhinoceros) named "Jamie" gave birth to a male calf Thursday, May 9, 2013. The birth is the third for the Zoo in five years, and a significant conservation milestone for the species with fewer than 60 animals in the managed population.
The new addition has been given the Indian name "Jiyu," meaning compassionate friend, by the Zoo's Asian animal care team. Calves normally weigh in the range of 75-100 pounds at birth. Mother and calf spent a considerable amount of time together off exhibit for the newborn's safety and to encourage bonding, but are now on exhibit daily in the Asian Gardens at the Zoo.
Jiyu loves to run laps around the pool in his exhibit, and once tumbled in. Keepers report he loves receiving attention and scratches behind the ears during “target training” (touch a target for a click and a treat) and is rewarded with fruits and veggies.
Now a year old, Jiyu is working hard on growing his horn and is still staying close to his mom and eating the same food as her (but a little bit slower). He loves taking baths and sometimes likes to spend time with his mom off exhibit in the back yard.