Tulsa Zoo wel­comes its new­est mem­ber

La Semana - - REGIONAL -

Tulsa, OK - - A new res­i­dent has joined the Tulsa Zoo. Male South­ern white rhi­noc­eros Rudo ar­rived at the Tulsa Zoo only weeks be­fore World Rhino Day, which was cel­e­brated on Sept. 22.

Rudo will be spend­ing his first few weeks in the barn at the Mary K. Chap­man Rhino Re­serve and will even­tu­ally be in­tro­duced to Jean­nie, our 38-yearold fe­male South­ern white rhino.

“The Mary K. Chap­man Rhino Re­serve was de­signed to hold new an­i­mals be­fore they tran­si­tion onto the main out­door, mul­ti­species habi­tat,” said Zo- olog­i­cal Cu­ra­tor-Mam­mals Jor­dan Piha. “We have an in­creased flex­i­bil­ity to sec­tion off parts of the nearly 7,000square-foot barn to ac­com­mo­date an­i­mals at dif­fer­ent times, to mon­i­tor their health and well-be­ing be­fore in­tro­duc­ing them to the ex­hibit and its cur­rent res­i­dents, in­clud­ing our fe­male rhino, Jean­nie.”

Rudo was born on Jan. 24, 2017, at the Fresno Chaf­fee Zoo to mother Kayla and fa­ther Tim. His name means “love” in Shona, a lan­guage pri­mar­ily spo­ken in Zim­babwe. He will be a com­pan­ion to Jean­nie fol­low­ing the loss of male South­ern white rhino Buz­bie in April from can­cer and other age-re­lated dis­eases.

Rudo and Jean­nie will even­tu­ally form a crash, a term used to de­scribe a group of rhi­nos. They are im­por­tant am­bas­sadors for their species, giv­ing guests an op­por­tu­nity to see rhi­nos up close and learn about the threats fac­ing the species. An es­ti­mated 20,000 white rhinoceroses re­main in the wild, but the pop­u­la­tions of all five rhi­noc­eros species con­tinue to dwin­dle at an alarm­ing rate due to poach­ing. The Tulsa Zoo sup­ports the In­ter­na­tional Rhino Foun­da­tion’s op­er­a­tion, Stop Poach­ing Now, which works to stop poach­ers while re­duc­ing the sup­ply and de­mand of rhi­noc­eros horns.

The largest species of land mam­mal after the ele­phants, the white rhino is na­tive to Africa. Of the two dis­tinct sub­species of white rhi­nos, only pop­u­la­tions of the South­ern white rhino re­main in the wild. The North­ern white rhino is ex­tinct in the wild due to poach­ing; only two fe­males re­main in hu­man care, on Ol Pe­jeta Con­ser­vancy in Kenya.

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