May 5, 2016
Weekend with Rhinos
- as seen by -Brent Atkinson
We have all heard the phrase “the bigger, the better.” At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, we have two half brothers, Harry and Zuberi. They are Southern white rhinoceroses, notably, the second largest land animal in the world. At seven years of age, they each weigh in at an estimated 4,000 lbs, and are still growing.
The word “rhinoceros” comes from its Greek translation meaning “nose horn.” Five species of rhino exist in the world today; white rhinos are found on the savannas of Africa. Even though they are gray in color, the word “white” comes from their discovery by the Dutch meaning “wide” that refers to their wide mouths. And don’t let their large size fool you, they can run at an average speed of 30 miles per hour.
On May 7 and 8, 2016, we are celebrating a weekend with rhinos at the Bronx Zoo. Visitors can learn more about rhinos with fun facts and activities from our keeper staff.
Find Harry and Zuberi (above) at the Zoo Center building located on Astor Court. These two magnificent giants may be running around, sparring with each other, or taking a refreshing mud bath.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Bronx Zoo keeper chats for rhinos are May 5 at 3:30 pm and May 7 and 8 at noon and 3 pm at Zoo Center.