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Two rhinos now call Memphis Zoo home

(Source: Memphis Zoo) (Source: Memphis Zoo)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis Zoo is now home to two new animals.

Two southern white rhinoceroses, named Kito and Maggie, arrived from Knoxville, Tennessee and are now on exhibit in the African Veldt.

Visitors can see the pair periodically. They will rotate exhibit space with the zoo's three African elephants: Tyranza, Asali, and Gina.

The World Wildlife Fund says there are about 20,000 southern white rhinoceroses in the world. A century ago, the species was considered extinct, but in 1895 a small population was discovered in South Africa.

Since then, conservation efforts helped to make the southern white rhinoceroses the only non-endangered rhino in the world.

The name Kito (pronounced key-toe) comes from Swahili. It means "precious jewel." Kito was born at Tampa's Lowery Park Zoo in 2010.

Maggie was born at a conservation compound in Florida.

The pair are the first breeding pair of rhinos to call Memphis Zoo home since 1990.

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