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[Zoonaute news] ZSL Whipsnade Zoo : Baby rhino plays ball

le Mar 13 Aoû 2013, 17:32
Warm up for Little Creatures family festival

As ZSL Whipsnade Zoo warms up for its Little Creatures family festival, one of its very own little creatures is preparing to do exactly the same.

Nine-month-old greater one-horned rhino, Jamil, is set to enjoy his very first kickabout with brightly coloured boomer balls in the paddock he shares with mum, Behan.

Just like the little ones who’ll be enjoying the Zoo’s family festival at the weekend, Jamil needs constant entertaining too - so his ball will be filled with his favourite treats which he’ll have to kick around to work out how to reach the food inside.

Zookeeper Veronica Watkins said: “Like all youngsters Jamil is exceptionally inquisitive, so we constantly look for different ways to keep him and the rest of the herd fit and active.

“Young rhinos especially enjoy things they can rub on and push around, so we’re expecting his brightly coloured balls to be very popular.”

Jamil was born in December weighing a not-so-little nine stone (59kg), despite being less than three feet tall. When he’s fully grown he’ll weigh a whopping 315 stone (2000 kg) and stand at around six feet tall.

As well as seeing the Zoo’s very own little creatures, visitors to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Little Creatures family festival (from August 16 to 18) can enjoy interactive storytelling, outdoor theatre and arts and crafts, as they explore Whipsnade’s wonderful world of animals with more than 200 species to see.


Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)
· Greater one-horned rhinos, also known as Indian rhinos, live primarily in northern India and Nepal.
· There are around 2,500 left in the wild and they are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
· Their overall population has slowly increased from as few as 200 at the beginning of the 20th century, however poaching, mainly for the use of the horn in Traditional Chinese Medicine, remains a constant threat.
· ZSL has a long conservation history with Nepal working to protect the greater one-horned rhino, including the setup of veterinary clinics in the community buffer zones of Chitwan National Park.

Little Creatures family festival
· Little Creatures family festival runs daily from August 16 to August 18 and is included in the admission price to the Zoo.
· Little Creatures is free for ZSL members, but as there is limited capacity for the event members should book tickets in advance via zsl.org

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