Hamilton Zoo rhino Jamila makes the trip north to her new home at Auckland Zoo this week as part of a planned breeding programme for the threatened species.
Jamila is the daughter of the Zoo’s male Kruger and female Moesha and was born at Hamilton Zoo in March 2012. She will join Auckland Zoo rhino boys Zambezi and Inkosi.
“Jamila is such a cool rhino with a lovely nature. We will miss her but know that it is time for her to move on” says Team Leader of ungulates Aaron Gilmore.
"She’s a real mummys girl but I’ve watched her grow up over the last six years and she’s really starting to come into her own”.
Mr Gilmore believes the transfer is a positive move for the regional captive breeding programme of white rhinos which is carefully managed to maximise the gene pool and ensure that an appropriate population is maintained.
“We’ve had exceptional success with our rhino breeding with seven calves born here and Jamila’s move to Auckland Zoo offers the chance for her to eventually pair up and continue this”.