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.
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.
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.
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