Macheo is now four months old and is growing rapidly! He weighs about 200kg now and is quiet mischievous. As the weather warms up visitors often see him enjoying a wallow in the mud.
In late August, Taronga Western Plains Zoo welcomed a young male White Rhino named Digger from Monarto Zoo, South Australia. Digger himself has a little story, as he was conceived here in Dubbo and his mother Umqali was the female we sent to Monarto Zoo when Macheo’s mother Mopani came to Dubbo. Digger has returned to Dubbo play a part in Macheo’s life. He will be introduced to the females and Macheo, were after a while he’ll form a bond with the young calf acting as an uncle figure. This will help with social skills for both males and help with the weaning process in the next 14 months. These boys will form a bachelor group and learn from each other until they become of age to breed themselves. Both these males are very valuable to the future for the Australasian region’s White Rhino breeding program and the survival of the species.
By Pascale Benoit, White Rhino Keeper
Taronga Zoo, Media Relations
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Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Media Relations
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