Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: October 12, 2021 1:10 pm
Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Some special cargo arrived at Zoo Atlanta on October 11th 2021. Kiazi a 19 year old female southern white rhinoceros made the move to Atlanta from the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance in California.
Her cross-country move was a recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) White Rhino Species Survival Plan® (SSP).
The name Kiazi means “sweet potato.” The SSP recommended that Kiazi join Mumbles, the 10 year old male southern white rhinoceros who has lived at Zoo Atlanta since 2020. He arrived soon after the zoo opened its new African Savanna complex.
Kiazi is currently settling in at the indoor portion of the zoo’s southern white rhinoceros habitat. She will be given some time to settle in before being given the chance to explore the outdoor habitat.
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“We are so excited to welcome Kiazi to Zoo Atlanta,” said Jennifer Mickelberg, PhD, Vice President of Collections and Conservation.
Southern white rhinoceros are one of the five rhino species. Despite their name their skin is actually grey not white. Their name is believed to be a misunderstanding of the Afrikaans word wyd meaning “wide.” Their name references the wide upper lip.
Poaching is a significant threat to all rhinos and has caused the extinction of some species and subspecies. White rhinos are some of the easiest for poachers to locate as they travel in herds.
“Rhinos are animals with an urgent conservation message. We want our Members and guests to get to know Kiazi – and, if they have not already been permanently charmed by him, Mumbles – so that they can understand the things they can do in their daily lives to preserve these extraordinary animals in the wild,” added Mickelberg.
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