Via the AmericaBlog we get the story that the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary have named the baby born in June after President Obama since, like the president, he shares Kenyan and American roots. As I wrote about in July, the baby Rhino also has Disney roots as the mom came to Uganda from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The first baby rhinoceros born in Uganda in almost 30 years has been named Obama because his father is from Kenya and his mother was born in the US.
Researchers at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary have only recently been able to approach the calf, born at the end of June, because her mother was too aggressively protective earlier.
“He’s a real little scamp, running all over the place like crazy, his mum can barely keep up with him,” said Angie Genade, director of the sanctuary, 105 miles north of the capital, Kampala.
“Once we could get close enough to see what sex he was, there really was no other name that we could give him.” Uganda’s rhino population of roughly 450 animals was completely wiped out during the horrors of former President Idi Amin’s reign in the 1970s.
Let’s hope this is the start of a beautiful expansion of the rhino population in Uganda.