The Zoo has two white rhinos, Roscoe and Bill. Half brothers, both were both born at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee in 2004. Roscoe came to the Zoo in 2006, while Bill arrived in 2007. They are considered bachelors because of their age and are often active and appear combative with one another, but this behavior is one form of exercise and play.
Status in the Wild
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. Having the two young males is exciting and the Seneca Park Zoo is pleased to have Roscoe and Bill.
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.