Rhino Madness

Zoo Atlanta hosts a sweet 16 bracket to name baby rhino
Image of the baby rhino and mother Kiazi. Resized using Canva.
Image of the baby rhino and mother Kiazi. Resized using Canva.
Savannah Hayes

On Christmas Eve Dec. 24, 2023 a female rhino calf was born at Zoo Atlanta to mother Kiazi and father Mumbles. In late March, the zoo announced that they would be hosting a sweet 16 bracket to name the baby.

The plan for the bracket included the first round of voting being launched on March 20 followed by three other rounds of voting. The winning name will be announced on April 11. The important dates for the vote included:

March 20: Round 1 voting and brackets open.
March 26: Round 1 voting ended at 11:59 p.m..
March 27: Round 2 voting open.
April 2: Round 2 voting ended at 11:59 p.m..
April 3: Round 3 voting opened at 1 p.m..
April 7: Round 3 voting ended at 11:59 pm.
April 8: Final round of voting opened at 1 p.m..
April 10: Final voting closes at 11:59 pm.
April 11: Winning name announced.

The starting name options announced on March 20 were Kimya, Noodles, Zawadi, Zuri, Zenzalee, Keva, Stella, Zahara, Jamala, Tamu, Asili, Adia, Injera, Cera, Phoebe and Isa.

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The first round winners were Kimya, Zuri, Keva, Zahara, Tamu, Adia, Cera and Isa. The second round winners were Zuri, Zahar, Adia and Isa.

The final two names are Zuri and Isa.

Voting for the final two can be found in Zoo Atlanta’s Instagram bio or at this link.

UPDATE:

Graphic announcing the baby rhino’s name created using Canva. (Savannah Hayes)

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Savannah Hayes
Savannah Hayes, News Editor
McIntosh High School senior Savannah Hayes is serving her second year as the McIntosh Trail’s news editor. Hayes has been on the Trail staff since 2021 and has enjoyed every moment of working with the staff. Just this past school year, Hayes won three awards for her writing given to her by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA). Hayes won superior writing for In-Depth News, Features and Social Media Storytelling. She can not wait for another marvelous year on the Trail staff. Hayes has received countless accolades throughout both high school and middle school. Hayes has been a part of National Honor Society (NHS) since 2023, Science National Honor Society (SNHS) since 2023, Beta Club since 2021, National English Honor Society (NEHS) since 2021 and National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) since 2022. In middle school, Hayes was in Jr. Beta Club and received the Silver Service Hour Award in eighth grade and the Bronze Service Hour Award in seventh grade. Every semester since her freshman year, Hayes has been on the Gold Honor Roll. Outside of the Trail, Hayes works as a volunteer intern at Zoo Atlanta. She took AP Biology and is currently taking Anatomy and Physiology at McIntosh to help achieve her goal of majoring in Animal Science. Hayes is currently the High Brass Section Leader of the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band, of which she has been a member since 2020. Hayes has played the trumpet in various concert bands since 2017. As a Dual Enrollment, Student Hayes is currently attending Clayton State and has been a part of the program since 2022.
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