Black Rhinos Arrive Safely to Potter Park Zoo

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Male rhino, Jello, arrived at Potter Park Zoo early Tuesday morning

Black Rhinos Arrive Safely to Potter Park Zoo

Jun 9, 2011

Potter Park Zoo is pleased to welcome the arrival of two black rhinos.

“After years of planning for the exhibit expansion, we’re thrilled to have the rhinoceros here in their new home,” says Dr. Tara Harrison, veterinarian at Potter Park Zoo.

The 7-year-old male, Jello, arrived early Tuesday morning from Zoo Miami. On Wednesday morning, the 4-year-old female named Doppsee arrived from Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas. Both rhinos remained calm during the moving process. Over the past few days, they have been exploring their new indoor barn and becoming familiar with their zookeepers.

“Jello is important because he is the only remaining animal from his bloodline,” explained Conrad Schmitt, Curator of Mammals at Zoo Miami. “He’s very tractable and has always cooperated well with his caretakers. I trust that he’ll be an integral part of the black rhino research being done at Potter Park Zoo.”

As with all animals transferred to Potter Park Zoo, the two rhinos will remain under medical observation for at least six weeks to allow them to adjust with minimal stress. An announcement will be made in the fall when the rhinos are on exhibit.

Eastern black rhinoceros originate from the eastern coast of Africa. Once found in the wild in eight countries, currently they exist only in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Eastern black rhinos are critically endangered, and Potter Park Zoo is proud to participate in the Black Rhino Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The SSP is a program which keeps records of all animals in captivity and advises zoos on breeding plans to perpetuate each species.

Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (517) 483-4222 or visit  


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