Tulsa Zoo announces name of new white rhino calf

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Zoo has named its newest resident.

A rare white rhino calf was born last month. Now, Hodari is thriving in his new home.

Hodari, pronounced ha-dar-ee, is Swahili for brave or courageous. Hodari’s name was chosen by the Chapman Foundations Management trustees.

Hodari was taking his first steps just an hour after birth. He was born on Nov. 7 at 12:24 p.m., weighing 127 pounds. Hodari is the first white rhino calf born at the Tulsa Zoo.

“We’re thrilled to watch Hodari grow and thrive at Tulsa Zoo,” said Tulsa Zoo President and CEO Lindsay Hutchison. “He has been exploring his new surroundings and reaching many milestones under the careful watch of our staff. After only a few weeks, he’s already more than 200 pounds!”

You can visit Hodari and his mother at the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve. There are fewer than 20,000 white rhinos left in the world.

Our newest addition has a name, meet Hodari! Hodari (pronounced Ha-Dar-ee) is a Swahili name meaning brave or...

Posted by Tulsa Zoo on Tuesday, December 7, 2021