Zoo opening new rhino exhibit

The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History in Sioux Falls will relocate its two Eastern Black Rhinos to the new rhino exhibit Wednesday, June 16, according to a news release.

This new, state-of-the-art rhino exhibit includes two outdoor exhibit yards and an outdoor holding yard. Spacious areas will allow both rhinos, or a family of three, to roam and run outside in the grass, wallow in mud, and snack at the same time. The rhinos’ indoor living space includes nighttime holding and breeding areas, and the "rhino day room," which allows guests to see the training that zookeepers do with the rhinos.   

Zoo officials expect the new exhibit to open to the public later this summer. In the meantime, the rhinos will have an opportunity to explore their new home.   

The Zoo broke ground on the new Eastern Black Rhino exhibit in July 2009. Eastern Black Rhinos are critically endangered with fewer than 4,000 animals surviving in the wild.  The Zoo is a critical player in the endangered species breeding program, having two (a breeding pair) of only 66 Eastern Black Rhinos in the United States.

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