There are now two large, land mammals with ornery temperaments named "Boone."
The first, of course, plays right guard for the San Francisco 49ers. The second, slightly larger "Boone" is a four-year-old black rhino at the San Francisco Zoo that was named in honor of the 49ers' Alex Boone. On Friday, Boone (the approximately 300-lb. man) will be at the zoo to officially unveil the critically endangered animal's (it weighs somewhere between 1,500 and 1,800 pounds) new name. The public event begins at 3 p.m. when Boone will feed Boone at the rhino exhibit.
"There are very few black rhinos left on this planet, so to have one named after me is truly an honor," Boone said in a press release. "It's awesome to share a close connection with a black rhino, but it's even better that we can raise awareness for these endangered species through the Alex Boone Animal Education Project."
The zoo has been working with the 49ers Foundation to bring at-risk kids to the zoo. The zoo also is eager to teach kids about endangered animals, and the black-rhino project has that as its aim.
-- Matt Barrows