Goodbye Jahi!

Thank you for helping us say "Goodbye, Jahi"

Jahi, one of the Zoo’s resident greater one-horned rhinos, has left the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens on the recommendation of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP).

While we recognize how much our guests have come to love Jahi, this move is under the advisement of the SSP. These programs are coordinated efforts across AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to ensure that zoological populations remain healthy and genetically diverse. SSP’s mission is to oversee the population management of select species within AZA member institutions and to enhance conservation of the species in the wild. There are close to 500 of these programs for species in AZA-accredited facilities, while the Central Florida Zoo participates in about 30, including greater one-horned rhino, red-ruffed lemur, cotton-top tamarin, and Grand Cayman rock iguana. We are happy that Jahi will have the opportunity to help the survival of his species with this move.

We thank all our guests that came out to say “Goodbye” to Jahi at the FAIRWINDS Credit Union Rhinoceros Outpost on June 3! We encourage all our fans to share their favorite pictures of our rhinos with us using #GoodbyeJahi


The Central Florida Zoo’s other resident rhino, PJ, will be monitored closely by his animal care team for any change in behavior. In the wild, rhinos become solitary as they mature, only coming together for breeding or fighting.

Greater one-horned rhinos, native to parts of Asia, are faced with pressures from habitat loss and poaching for their horns. Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same thing that makes up our hair and nails. However, this does not decrease the high demand for rhino horn to be used in traditional medicines, and some estimate that rhino horn is worth more than gold on the black market. Although protection from the governments of India and Nepal have led to a slight increase in population in recent years, greater one-horned rhinos still only exist in a few protected areas, with about 2,500 wild rhinos remaining.