Roscoe the rhino left the Zoo on Friday, June 20. Learn more about his departure here.
The Zoo is home to one white rhino, Bill. He was born at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee in 2004 and came to the Seneca Park Zoo in 2007. He is considered a bachelor because of his age.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Near threatened. When the rhino Species Survival Plan committee decides where to place rhinos in facilities, a number of factors come into play, including the rhino’s age, sex, genetics and exhibit availability.
The squared lip that the white rhino is named for is an adaptation to the African grasslands that it grazes for food. The rhino is built to graze the open grasslands and floodplains in pockets of eastern and southern Africa.
Grasses, fruits and grain are the primary foods.