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Baby rhino in Kenya named after Rohit Sharma’s 2-month-old daughter
Baby rhino in Kenya named after Rohit Sharma's 2-month-old daughter

Cricketer Rohit Sharma took to social media to reveal that Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy has named an 11-month-old female black rhino in honour of his two-month-old daughter Samaira. “This made us so emotional! Conservation of Rhinos is a cause so close to our hearts,” Rohit wrote. “I can’t believe Samaira has a Rhino named after her in Africa,” he added.

Rohit Sharma & his commitment towards protecting rhinos isn’t something that is new to the fans. The Indian opener has vouched to contribute his level best to protect the endangered animal. He is actively associated with WWF India & also created a lot of awareness about the last Northern White Africa male rhino, Sudan, who is no more.

Recognizing his contributions, a little female black rhino calf has been named after Rohit’s daughter, ‘Samaira Sharma’. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is a not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya’s Laikipia County has taken the decision. The cricketer got quite emotional with this gesture & shared his happiness on Twitter.

Conservation of rhinos is a cause so close to our hearts
In his post, Sharma wrote that the gesture made him emotional & termed it to be very special. He noted the conservation of rhinos is a cause that is very close to his heart. The 31-year-old also mentioned Sudan & wrote that he meant so much to him & his wife. He even thanked Ol Pejeta for the honour & added he couldn’t believe that his two-month-old has a rhino named after her in Africa.

“This made us so emotional! This is so special! Conservation of Rhinos is a cause so close to our hearts & Sudan meant so much to us,” he wrote while sharing an adorable photo of the little female black rhino calf. “Thank you @OlPejeta for this honour. Can’t believe our two-month-old has a Rhino named after her in Africa, unbelievably special,” he tweeted.

Rohit will be leading the Mumbai Indians as a part of his next assignment. The side didn’t qualify for the playoffs in the last season after having a disastrous start. He will be eyeing at some early wins this time around so that the team is not subjected to any pressure in the later stages of the tournament. The Mumbai franchise will begin its campaign with the game against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede on 24th March 2019.