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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : February 2002 : Sexpot rhino's No. 10 needs a name

Sexpot rhino's No. 10 needs a name


By Wayne Risher
February 15, 2002

"The World's Sexiest Rhino" is a mother for the 10th time, and Memphis Zoo officials are giving the public a chance to pick the little fellow's name.

After waiting to make sure mother and baby were healthy, zoo officials announced this week that Tombi gave birth to a 134-pound male Jan. 29.

Tombi was a finalist in - but didn't win - Microsoft's 2001 Beast in Show Contest to name America's favorite zoo animal. Her keepers dubbed the 30-year-old Southern white rhinoceros the World's Sexiest Rhino.

Through Feb. 21, visitors to the zoo's Internet site at may vote for the baby rhino's name from a list of African-derived names compiled by zookeepers.

Name choices are Kayin (long-awaited child), Lindani (wait or be patient), Ali (exalted), Kobbi (born on Tuesday) and Badu (10th born).

The unnamed male joins Tombi and father Muggs in the rhino exhibit. The zoo's last birth of this endangered animal was in December 1998.

(Contact Wayne Risher of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., at



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