Rhino Conservation

Southern White Rhinos
Southern white rhino adult and calf

Southern White Rhino Conservation

The Southern white rhino is the only rhino species that have broad flat lips that they use to pull grasses and low lying shrubs out of the ground. These guys are considered the lawn mowers of the African savanna and they can eat upwards of 100 pounds of food a day. Just think of our grocery bill! Rhinos have two large horns on the front of their faces which are made from keratin. This is the same material as your hair and finger nails! Due to this material, the horn can be molded and shaped however the rhino chooses. There are eight white rhinos currently living here at ZooTampa. If you come visit our crash, you will see each of our rhinos has their own unique horn that they shape on objects throughout the yard such as logs, the ground, or rhino sized toys. They have their own styles - just like you and I!

Baby southern white rhino playing and running
Greater One-Horned Rhinos
Gronk the baby greater one-horned rhino with his mom

Greater One-Horned Rhino Conservation

The greater one-horned rhino, also known as an Indian rhino, is the largest of all five species of rhinos weighing in as much as 4,600 lbs! This vulnerable species is facing threats in the wild due to habitat loss and illegal poaching for their horns. In the early twentieth century it was estimated that only 200 of these semi-aquatic creatures remained in their native Eastern Himalayan habitat. Thankfully, the Indian and Nepalese governments along with wildlife authorities banded together to increase the protection of these beautiful giants. There are now an estimated 3,500 Indian rhinos in their native lands making them the only rhino species with an increase in population.

We are home to three greater one-horned rhinoceroses, Johnny, Jamie and their baby Gronk. Greater one-horned rhinos are called this because they only have one horn, making them true, living unicorns! Greater one-horned rhinos are also semi-aquatic and are great swimmers. You can often find Johnny enjoying his pool during the heat of the day. Our female, Jamie, prefers to “wallow” instead and take mud baths that protect her skin from bugs and the sun.

All rhino species need our protection, but the greater one-horned rhino’s story can give us hope that positive change can happen.

Meet Our
Rhinos

Gronk the baby rhino with his mom

Gronk

The Southern white rhino is the only rhino species that have broad flat lips that they use to pull grasses and low lying shrubs out of the ground. These guys are considered the lawn mowers of the African savanna and they can eat upwards of 100 pounds of food a day.

A young woman feeds lettuce to Jamie the rhino at ZooTampa

Jamie

The Southern white rhino is the only rhino species that have broad flat lips that they use to pull grasses and low lying shrubs out of the ground. These guys are considered the lawn mowers of the African savanna and they can eat upwards of 100 pounds of food a day.

We are proud to support and partner with
International Rhino Foundation