Last month a baby black rhino was named Dia Mirza, after the famous Indian model, Bollywood actress, producer and social activist. Dia was in the country for a vacation and the rhino was named after her, in recognition of her work as a conservation advocate and UN Goodwill Ambassador.
An ecstatic Dia took to social media to express her elation at this unique gift. She tweeted, “I want to thank Hamid Hussain and Muhammad Yaqoob and the entire team at Ol Pejeta Conservancy including Richard, Sarah, and Elodie for naming this amazing baby rhino after me!”
She then urged her supporters to make it their mission to visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy in support of our rhino conservation efforts.
In 2017, Dia was appointed Brand Ambassador for the Wildlife Trust of India where she has been at the forefront of efforts to secure 101 corridors for India's wild elephants, which will help mitigate human wildlife conflicts. Dia is also a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador in India. She has featured prominently in the UNEP Wild for Life campaign which is aimed at ending the illegal trade in wildlife.
Dia Mirza - the rhino - was born on 15th October 2017 and is the fourth calf born to Nduta. The mother and daughter duo reside in the southern sector of the Conservancy.
You can also have a rhino named after yourself or a loved one via our Name a Rhino Programme. All you need to do is make a small contribution to our rhino conservation efforts and this privilege is all yours. For more information on naming a rhino, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org