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San Francisco Zoo Names Rhino After Niners Guard Alex Boone

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The San Francisco Zoo invited 49ers guard Alex Boone to their facilities on Friday for an event to name a black rhino after him. The four-year-old rhino will be named “Boone.”

“There are very few black rhinos left on this planet, so to have one named after me is truly an honor.”

You’re probably wondering why of all the 49ers players would the zoo pick Boone for the honor. Well, other than Boone’s physique being similar to that of a rhino, he also runs the Alex Boone Animal Education Project. He created the project in 2012 after became involved with the San Francisco Zoo. It is set up to bring at-risk youth to the zoo.

Boone fed “Boone” during the event and the zoo unveiled a plaque commemorating the naming ceremony. Also in attendance at the zoo was the 49ers’ Gold Rush and Sourdough Sam.

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