Hellabrunn’s baby rhino now has a name

Just in time for World Rhino Day, a name was finally chosen for Hellabrunn's baby rhino on 22 September. 1,700 rhino fans took part in the vote. Six names shortlisted.

Copyright: Marisa Segadelli / Tierpark Hellabrunn

Copyright: Marisa Segadelli / Tierpark Hellabrunn

Since his mother is from Nepal, the six names shortlisted to choose from for the now 23-day-old rhino calf were six Nepalese male names: Pumori, Prashanti, Puri, Pranay, Palapur and Parul. Fans of the rhino baby were then given an opportunity to vote on their favourite name via an online ballot from the newspaper Münchner Merkur, via email or via postcard. The results were returned on 21 September with a clear verdict: 501 votes were cast for Puri, followed by Pumori (307 votes) and Pranay (268).

"The rhinoceros bull born on 31 August at Hellabrunn Zoo is called Puri," says a delighted zoo director Rasem Baban. "The name was confirmed on 22 September, which is coincidentally World Rhino Day. The day aims to increase awareness of the plight of rhinoceroses worldwide. Here at Hellabrunn, visitors can now get to meet the little ambassador of his critically endangered relatives in Asia."

The zoo in Munich has launched a Rhino Talk that invites animal lovers to learn more about the pachyderm. The Rhino Talk takes place at 11:20 am daily (until 31 October) in the Rhino House, during which the zookeepers will relate interesting facts about rhinoceroses in general as well as the rhinos living at Hellabrunn Zoo, especially the newborn baby. The zookeepers will also be available to answer questions from the audience.

Those who are interested in receiving regular updates and the latest news on the rhino baby can visit the Rhino Diary on the Hellabrunn Zoo website The diary invites Puri’s fans to learn about his day-to-day adventures and what new things he has learned. The Rhino Diary also offers many interesting facts about rhinos in general.

About the two Indian rhinoceroses at Hellabrunn Zoo
The rhinoceroses Niko and Rapti have known each other since 1990. In August 1989, Rapti travelled from her native Nepal to Munich. Niko (born on 27.11.1988) arrived at Hellabrunn shortly after from Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart.

General information about Indian Rhinoceros
With a shoulder height of up to 185 cm and weighing more than 2,000 kg, the Indian rhinoceros is the largest of the three species of Asian rhinoceroses. Unlike its two African relatives and the Sumatran rhinoceros, it has only one nasal horn (similar to the Javan rhinoceros), which can grow up to 20 cm. Indian rhinoceroses tend to rub their horn on the ground or on rocks, often resulting in the horn being worn down to a thick knob.
Today its natural habitat is confined to a few areas in Bhutan, southern Nepal, the Terai Arc Landscape and seven refuges in the two Indian states of West Bengal and Assam.