Hari has been developing well behind the scenes since his birth on Sunday17 October 2021 and has grown in size as well as confidence. Mother Amala is still very protective of her calf and the pair have developed a strong bond.
“Hari regularly suckles from mum which is important as this is his main source of food and nutrients. Whilst he isn’t ready for solid food just yet, he is trying to pick things up including sticks and bits of fruit left over from Amala which is good to see,” said Rhino keeper Toby Stewart.
Hari is estimated to weigh around the 100kg mark at present and will reach an impressive two tonnes by the time he is fully grown!
Amala and Hari now have access to a large paddock and can be seen by zoo guests a short walk from The Waterhole precinct. The pair have been observed galloping around the paddock first thing in the morning as well as spending time wallowing in the mud.
When is the best time to see Hari and Amala in the paddock?
The best viewing time for the Greater One-horned Rhinos in their paddock is between 9.30am to 12.30pm daily.
On a warm day, guests may see the pair wallowing in the mud. This helps keep rhinos cool on a hot summer's day and also helps protect their skin from insect bites and the sun, with the mud acting as sunscreen.