Zoo enlists rhinos
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.
Rhino keeper Rob Hemsworth and Bakari.