In 1991, breeding facilities for the Black Rhinoceros were established at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. During 1992/3 breeding animals were brought from Zimbabwe to the Cocos Islands where they spent 60 days in quarantine. They arrived in Dubbo on 4 February 1993 to help breed sufficient Black Rhinoceros so that viable populations may eventually be released back into protected reserves in the wild.
In 2008, Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Berlin’s Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research achieved the world’s first successful fertilisation of a Black Rhinoceros egg. Thee egg was collected from one of the Zoo’s females and fertilised using the sperm of one of the males, creating an embryo.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to one of the largest populations of this Black Rhinoceros sub-species in human care in the world.