Tanganyika Wildlife Park welcomes five Southern White Rhinos. Click here to be the first to know when you can see them in person!
This past week, we welcomed five Southern White Rhinos from Africa for the new Safari Park!
Awaiting the arrival of these magnificent creatures over the past two years has been anything but easy – but they are finally here! One male and four female Southern White Rhinos arrived at our park on the 29th where they were carefully let into our new Safari Barn located just East of the giraffes.
Founder Jim Fouts has done everything possible to ensure safe arrival of these rhinos including flying to Africa several times to talk to someone in person about our permits and procedures. The rhinos had to be tested and treated for parasites, tested for hoof and mouth disease, and quarantined all before leaving the ranch that they were living on in Africa.
They finally arrived this June via plane from Africa to Dallas where Jim and our transporter picked them up in a climate controlled semi-truck. In Dallas, they received an inspection from USFWS and then by a USDA veterinarian when arriving in Kansas. After their inspection, they were then walked into the chute where they are vaccinated, dewormed, checked for ticks, and their microchip is scanned – all of which came back healthy! According to ZAA, our new safari barn is “state of the art”, with galvanized metal, sand floors, and a custom chute. The one-of-a-kind remote control chute was made by our talented team for the best quality care, specifically for hoofs and horns.
Lead Hoofstock Keeper, Robert, stated that it is already clear that each of them have their own personality, with the male currently being the most friendly! They are all 2.5 years of age and weigh 1,500-2,000lbs and will eventually be a whopping 6,000lbs once reaching adulthood.
Are White Rhinos Extinct?
Unlike Northern White Rhinos, these Southern White Rhinos are the only of the five rhino species that are not endangered, however, their species is near-threatened. It should be noted that their numbers have decreased in South Africa by 75% over the past 10 years.
They can live up to 35 years in the wild and an astonishing 40 in human care! Unfortunately, poaching and illegal trade in rhino horn is one of the biggest threats to white rhinos in their native habitat. Because of this, their population decreased.
What is the plan?
As of right now, they are not visible to the public because they are adjusting to their new surroundings which will take some time, however, be on the lookout for an exciting experience with them!
We’ll have a trackless train that goes around the perimeter of the safari area and guided tours on trucks that go through the middle of the yard, that’s still at least 2 years out and we are currently raising money both through fundraising and through savings to progress that project
Our plan for the rhinos specifically is for them to live a healthy live within our upcoming Safari Park and allow them to breed to continue to help create a healthy population for their species within human care.
About the Author: TWP Marketing Content Captain, Chelsey Schartz, is a Kansas native who spends her free time photographing wildlife and traveling whenever possible. With a background in management, graphic design, and photography, she shares her love for wildlife conservation through all things content creation. Her favorite animals are sloths and owls and she wouldn’t be caught near one without her camera!