Ian, Rhino keeper
Amala, the Greater One -Horned Rhinoceros arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo last year from Los Angeles. She is a future breeding partner for Dora, our adult male Greater One-Horned Rhino. Amala is only four years old and weighs approx 1200kgs. We will consider introducing this pair when Amala is a little older and approaching 1600kgs. Amala has settled into her new home quite well and is becoming comfortable with her daily routine.
Greater One-Horned Rhinos are native to Northern India and Nepal, There are approximately 2500 left in the wild and conservation of this species in the wild is a priority. I recently travelled to India’s Manas and Kaziranga National Parks to witness two conservation projects sponsored by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. To see these magnificent animals in the wild was amazing, I not only saw Rhinos, but many other animals such as Elephants, Water Buffalo and Wild Boar that benefit from conservation efforts in these National Parks.
The Taronga Conservation Society Australia is working with its partners the International Rhino Foundation and the Asian Rhino Project to help secure wild rhino populations.