The Little Rock Zoo is home to two Eastern Black Rhinos. Johari, a male born on March 10, 1995, has lived at the Zoo since 1996. Andazi, a female eastern black rhino, was transferred from Zoo Atlanta to Little Rock Zoo on April 17, 2018 as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Rhino Species Survival Plan (SSP). Johari and Andazi have are still in the introduction process with the hopes of breeding in their future. They have spent time together each day under the close supervision of the animal care staff.
- Black rhinos boast two horns, the foremost more prominent than the other.
- The black rhino once roamed most of sub-Saharan Africa, but today is on the verge of extinction due to poaching fueled by commercial demand for its horn.
- Black rhinos are browsers that get most of their sustenance from eating trees and bushes. They use their lips to pluck leaves and fruit from the branches.
The SSP programs exist to ensure that zoological populations remain healthy, genetically diverse and self-sustaining. In addition to the SSP program, the Zoo supports the conservation efforts of such groups as the International Rhino Foundation and Save the Rhino. Please join our efforts to secure a future for this endangered species by donating to our conservation fund.
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