Living Desert to Open New Rhino Savannah Habitat in November
“Rhinoceros are iconic symbols of the wildlife trafficking crisis, and this new habitat will help us educate our clients about the plight of the rhino and allow us to continue our efforts to protect the black rhino in Africa. “
The Living Desert participates in several conservation initiatives that support black rhinos in East and Southern Africa. In active partnership with organizations to support innovative anti-poaching efforts, engage in education and community empowerment programs, and tackle illegal wildlife trafficking in Africa and here at home.
The new four-acre Rhino Savanna will feature many iconic African species, with black rhinos taking center stage. Jaali and Nia will join a variety of African antelopes including klipspringer, springbok and waterbucks, as well as Cape vultures and the most special species – hairless mole rats. The new Animal Care and Nutrition Center and Crash Café are also about to debut.
Jaali (pronounced Cheerful), a nearly two-year-old eastern black rhino will arrive from the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan, and Nia, 3 (pronounced Does not have) will be from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, Ohio. Their arrivals are based on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding recommendations that were set earlier this year.