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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Welcomes a New Southern White Rhino

May 28, 2014 - Jacksonville, Fl -

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is excited to announce the arrival of its newest resident, Kande, a Southern White Rhino.

“Kande will be a terrific addition to our African Veldt animal experience,” said Dan Maloney, deputy director of conservation and education. “White rhinos are fairly sociable and she’s already showing great interest in Gabby and Archie, the adult rhinos. We look forward to her spending many enjoyable years with us.”

The two year old female arrived from Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in late April, where she was born. She weighs 1900 pounds and is approximately 4 feet tall. Guests have the opportunity to view Kande (kahn-dee) from the Zoo’s train when she is out in the back Rhino holding yard. She’s being slowly introduced to the adults and will share the exhibit soon.

“White rhino in southern Africa are being killed at the alarming rate of three animals per day, which threatens to dismantle decades of conservation progress,” said John Lukas, conservation and science manager for the zoo. “The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens supports the efforts of the International Rhino Foundation in South Africa and Zimbabwe which is strategically protecting populations of rhinos that can be defended with more boots on the ground, better equipment and technology.”

The general public can help raise money for these endangered animals, like Kande, by participating in the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers’ (AAZK) 25th annual Bowling for Rhino’s event on June 20 and 21 at the Batt Family Fun Center. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to three different Rhino sanctuaries. For more information, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org

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About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection of one red deer fawn, the Zoo now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants, boasting the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.