It’s a rhino on the move, take two.
Hamilton Zoo’s female adult southern white rhinoceros Jamila has successfully moved north to her new home at Auckland Zoo.
The relocation is part of an Australasian zoos’ regional breeding programme for the species.
The operation to transport Jamila occurred earlier this morning, but was kept quiet to ensure a smooth transition. Six-year-old Jamila is now getting used to her new home and Auckland Zoo Curator of Mammals Warren Spencer says the team are excited to introduce her to visitors and rhino males Zambezi and Inkosi.
“We are very happy to finally be welcoming her to Auckland Zoo, with our hope, in due course, she will be able to contribute to the Regional Breeding Programme for her species,” says Mr Spencer.
“It’s been great working with our friends at Hamilton Zoo who are as passionate as us about advocating for and helping the southern white rhino species, near threatened in the wild.”