BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Zoo introduced Monday it welcomed two 4-year-old southern white rhinoceros to the African Watering Gap on the zoo.
The 2 male rhinos arrived in November from an accredited non-public facility. After a 30-day necessary quarantine, the 2 have spent the winter getting accustomed to their new residence.
“These two younger rhino are very agile, clever animals,” stated Erin Grimm, mammal assortment and conservation supervisor on the Zoo. “Since their arrival, it’s been essential to acclimate them not solely to their new caregivers, but additionally to the local weather right here in Baltimore. They’ve since had publicity to our winter climate in small increments, nevertheless it’s been far too chilly this winter to correctly introduce them to the total scope of the African Watering Gap. We now have been eagerly anticipating hotter climate so we will familiarize them with the habitat.”
Southern white rhinos are categorised as “close to threatened.” Their numbers have improved considerably for the reason that early twentieth century once they have been considered extinct.
“These two have by no means seen zebra or ostrich earlier than, so preliminary introductions with these animals has not but begun, however will happen slowly after the rhino are acclimated to the Watering Gap,” continued Grimm. “We might be rotating animals out and in of the habitat, so it’s onerous to say positively when friends will be capable of see the rhinos proper now. We ask of us to be affected person whereas we make sure that each one the animals are snug sharing the identical house every day.”
White rhinos are usually not white, regardless of their identify. In Afrikaans, a Dutch-based language spoken in elements of southern Africa, the phrase for large is “wiet.” So when English audio system first heard the identify for these rhinos it was misinterpreted as white once they have been saying large.