Born in Kruger National Park, these young adults spent several weeks
in acclimation bornas (huge holding areas) to prepare them for
their 54 hour flight to Houston.
The Houston Zoo's original pair of white rhinos, Bu and Marci
also came from Africa in the early 1970's and were beloved ambassadors
for their species for over 30 years.
It is very exciting that rhinos have returned to the zoo and the wonderful
African Forest exhibit.
The first phase of the African Forest is 6.5 acres and includes
habitats for Chimpanzees, Rhinoceroses, Giraffes, Cheetahs, Kudu, and Ostrich.
It is expected that this trio of Rhino,
one male and two females,
will produce rhino calves and add some much needed
genetic diversity to the North American zoo population.
Due to their strength and size - second only to the elephant as far as land mammals
white rhinos don't have many enemies, except for man.
Without increased protection, all rhinos could disappear in the wild
in the next 20-50 years.
Misty just celebrated 3 years of Camera Critters.
Be sure you visit!
Wishing you WELL and a JOY filled weekend.