Fun Fact: Did you know a rhino’s poop can say a lot about them? That’s right, their poop, also known as mit, can tell other rhinos clues to their age, sex and even relationship status. Who knew! This is just one of the many things you will learn during the Rhino encounter.
There are many animals to interact with at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. One of our favorites is the Rhinoceros, which you can actually feed. There are five species of rhinoceros in the world. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo cares for two of these species - the Southern white rhino and the Greater one-horned rhino, also known as the Indian rhino.
The Southern White Rhinos, which are probably the rhinos you picture when you think of rhinos, are located in the Africa section of the Zoo. The species has large low hanging heads, wide lips and two horns.
But it’s the Greater One-horned Rhino that are really exciting to see. These animals are a rare endangered species. They are just one of two species of rhino that only has one horn. The one-horn rhino is also the 2nd largest land mammal on earth and can weigh between 4,000 and 6,000 lbs. and stand 6 feet tall.
At Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, guests can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience putting them up-close to the species. The Greater One-Horned Rhino encounter includes feeding and learning more about the incredible animal. During your visit a Zoo photographer will capture your time with the rhino.
“Johnny” is Tampa Lowry Park Zoo’s male rhino. “Jamie” is currently the female.
For more animal encounters at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo look for discounted tickets to the zoo here on Best of Orlando.
Tampa, FL – 9/1/17
By: Jena Pugh