Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

First Australian bred one-horned rhinoceros makes public debut

First Australian bred one-horned rhinoceros makes public debut
June 10, 2016

The first-ever greater one-horned rhinoceros calf born in Australia recently made its public debut at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo in central-west NSW.

‘Rajah the rhino’was born in October last year, but spent several months bonding with his mother out of the public eye.

The greater one-horned rhinoceros is classified as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, and less than 2,700 of the animal remain in the wild.

Zookeeper Andrew Clow said Rajah was a natural when it came to interacting with visitors, stating “he is so brave and so adventurous, he comes straight out and up to new people, and he is not very scared of anything.

"Everything has gone a lot smoother than we expected. Each step of the training we have done with him, he’s done way ahead that what we thought he would do.

"It’s been smooth sailing the whole way."

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is the only facility in Australia to have a successful breeding programs for three different species of rhinoceros.

Zoo Director Matthew Fuller said this was a new era for research, telling the ABC “one of the things that we are very lucky with at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, is almost replicating wild environments and creating a situation where we give them the opportunity to spend that critical time together.

"Now that we can introduce them to the public, then that goes to the next phase of not only informing ourselves and the knowledge that we’re amassing around the species, but obviously informing our guests.

"We are very proud of the fact that our team is realised as some of the best in the world at this.

"This is synonymous with what we are doing with the rhinoceros, this is the next generation coming through and contributing to the global program."

Image: Rajah the greater one-horned rhinoceros calf with his monther. Courtesy of Bobby-Jo Clow.

1st June 2016 - TARONGA ZOO SHINES A LIGHT ON THREATENED SPECIES DURING VIVID SYDNEY

17th April 2016 - DESIGNS REVEALED FOR NEW TARONGA WILDLIFE RETREAT

11th April 2016 - RARE RHINOCEROS TO BE RELOCATED FROM AFRICA TO AUSTRALIA IN A WORLD-FIRST CONSERVATION MOVE

30th November 2015 - TARONGA ZOO AND TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO RECOGNISED AT NSW TOURISM AWARDS

13th October 2015 - AUSTRALIA ZOO WELCOMES ANOTHER BABY RHINOCEROS

12th December 2014 - TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO WELCOMES NEW ELEPHANT FACILITY

15th April 2013 - RHINO SCULPTURE MARKS LINKS BETWEEN DUBBO AND TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues

 
 

Felton Industries

Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…

read more

Parks / Play / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

METRA Australia

With industry leading solutions in design and durability you can improve your facilities with our access control operations, payment systems and flexible personal locker storage solutions. Your…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

IEDM

iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…

read more

Consultants / Design

 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

SportEng

SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business