Zoo en­lists rhi­nos

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth - Nash’aa Nashid

MORE than 1000 rhi­nos have been killed in South Africa this year com­pared to the 13 killed in 2007 and Perth Zoo is do­ing its bit to help,

The zoo has launched a new keeper talk to teach vis­i­tors more about its south­ern white rhi­noc­eros res­i­dents, 27-year-old Mem­phis and his nine-year-old son Bakari.

They live to­gether in their en­clo­sure and can of­ten be seen play fight­ing over food and show­ing each other who is boss.

With the help of the fa­ther-son duo, keep­ers are ad­dress­ing the on­go­ing threat of ex­tinc­tion that rhi­nos face. Vis­i­tors can learn fun facts about the two rhi­nos and un­der­stand the dan­gers rhi­nos face.

A zoo spokes­woman said there was high de­mand for rhino horn so poach­ing had in­creased and the num­ber of rhino deaths was ex­ceed­ing the num­ber of wild births.

Perth Zoo hopes to ed­u­cate the pub­lic and breed an in­surance pop­u­la­tion to shield them from ex­tinc­tion. The talk is held daily from 2.15pm at Perth Zoo.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Rhino keeper Rob Hemsworth and Bakari.

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