Columbus Zoo welcomes greater one-horned rhino


Brian, a 3,500-pound male, is latest big attraction

By John Futty - The Columbus Dispatch



A greater one-horned rhino named Brian arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on April 9 and was introduced to visitors Saturday.

A greater one-horned rhino named Brian arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on April 9 and was introduced to visitors Saturday.


COLUMBUS — A 4-year-old greater one-horned rhino has arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where its introduction to visitors began Saturday.

The rhino, a 3,500-pound male named Brian, eventually will be moved to The Wilds in Muskingum County as part of a breeding program there for the once-endangered species, which now is categorized as “vulnerable,” zoo officials said.

Brian arrived at the zoo from the Center for the Conservation of Tropical Ungulates in Florida on April 9 but needed to become familiar with his new surroundings before the zoo staff decided he was ready to be viewed by visitors in the indoor habitat at the elephant and rhino building.

“Viewing schedules will be determined by Brian and are subject to change,” a release from the zoo indicated.

Renovations are underway in the rhino yard along the northwest corner of the elephant and rhino building to prepare for Brian’s needs.

Greater one-horned rhinos are “solitary by nature and only come together during breeding,” zoo officials said. The pastures at The Wilds eventually will provide ideal surroundings for introducing him to female rhinos.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, only 600 greater one-horned rhinos survived in their native ranges of India and Nepal by 1975. Since then, researchers estimate the population has grown to exceed 3,500 members of the species in those areas.

The species continues to face threats, however, including invasive grasses taking over its habitat, weather extremes such as flooding caused by climate change and poachers seeking rhino horns.

According to zoo officials, Brian is among an estimated 80 greater one-horned rhinos in zoological facilities in North America.

A greater one-horned rhino named Brian arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on April 9 and was introduced to visitors Saturday.
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Brian, a 3,500-pound male, is latest big attraction

By John Futty

The Columbus Dispatch

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