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Indian Rhino Habitat

Here are a few reasons why you should cast your vote for our Indian rhino habitat!

Indian rhinos are crepuscular, feeding in open areas during the early morning and early evening hours. During the day they rest and wallow in lakes, rivers and pools. The buoyancy of the water makes it easier to support their huge weight and protects them from heat, sunburn, and parasites. Our rhino’s pool helps to stimulate this natural behavior.  The pool must be drained and cleaned on a regular basis.

 

pj in the water

P.J., our greater one-horned Indian rhinoceros in his pool.

 

Urine spraying and dung piles are important forms of communication. These dung piles act as a flag or territory marker. The dung pile is removed on a daily basis to help keep the habitat clean.

P.J.’s dung pile!

 

An Indian Rhino’s diet consists mostly of grass and will also include fruit, leaves, branches from trees, and shrubs. Consuming fresh plant cuttings is an important form of enrichment that allows our rhino to use natural behaviors like browsing and rubbing.

P.J. eating fresh plant cuttings!

Cast your vote for the Indian Rhino habitat by clicking on our Facebook campaign link below.

Funds received will support the Zoo’s sustainability campaign.

 

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