Stack of joy for two-tonne rhino on World Rhino Day

A two-tonne greater one-horned rhino at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo was treated to a giant ‘game’ of building blocks to help mark World Rhino Day.World Rhino Day 

Forming a six-foot-high wall, zookeepers specially decorated more than a dozen boxes, stuffed with 14-year old male rhino Hugo’s favourite treats for him to discover - and demolish.

Head of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Asia team, Donovan Glyn said: “We're giving Hugo a brand new game to recognise World Rhino Day; a specially-made set of stacking blocks, stuffed with his favourite foods.

“The tower of blocks may just seem like a bit of fun, but it is really exciting for the rhinos to discover new things in their paddock as they are very inquisitive animals.

“A herd of rhinos is also known as a ‘crash’ and we predict this will be a very apt description for how Hugo approaches his stacking blocks!”

World Rhino Day is observed internationally on September 22 every year to raise awareness of the plight of five species of rhinos in the world: greater one-horned, white, black, Sumatran and Javan.

Alongside the greater one-horned rhinos, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is also home to a herd of white rhinos, which are classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, while the three other rhino species in the world are currently categorised as Critically Endangered.

 

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