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White rhino now calls Maryland Zoo in Baltimore home

White rhino now calls Maryland Zoo in Baltimore home
Jaharo, a 4-year-old Southern white rhino, has joined a 22-year-old rhino at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. (Courtesy Maryland Zoo in Baltimore)

A Southern white rhino has joined the African Watering Hole at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

Jaharo, who is 4, joins Stubby, the 22-year-old rhino already located at the zoo. He was born at a private, nonprofit conservation center in Ohio, where he grew up in a herd. He arrives in Maryland at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' survival plan to provide the elder rhino with a companion, the zoo said in a release.

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The zoo has housed rhinos since the African Watering Hole's debut in 1992. The area is also home to an ostrich and zebra — which are being introduced to Jaharo. But physical introductions between Jaharo and Stubby are being handled slowly and behind the scenes, the zoo said.

Visitors can view Jaharo from 10 a.m. to lunchtime.

While they are referred to as "white rhinos," the animals aren't actually white. The name is derived from a Dutch-based language in Southern Africa — when the term for "wide" was misinterpreted by English speakers — according to the zoo.

The rhinos are critically endangered. Southern white rhinos live almost exclusively in South Africa, while Northern white rhinos — formerly found in several African countries — are now sparse in the wild and in "only a handful" of zoos, according to the release.

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