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Have you ever met a more majestic creature than Brian?
That’s right folks. This 3,500-pound Greater One-horned Rhino is legitimately called Brian, and he’s a very important animal at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Brian is four years old and he recently arrived at the Zoo on April 9 from Florida. Brian is getting settled into the Asia Quest region at the zoo, getting used to the different behind the scenes area and establishing a bond with his care team.
Guests are finally able to view Brian in the indoor habitat that houses elephants and rhinos. There are 80 greater one-horned rhinos in zoos across North America. These animals are solitary by nature, unless they are breeding. Brian will be living at the Zoo before he gets introduced to female rhinos at The Wilds.
“As a representative of his vulnerable species, Brian is playing a vital role in protecting the future of greater one-horned rhinos. Our Zoo and Wilds staff are proud to join our community and conservation partners to raise public awareness about rhinos and help sustain their population so rhinos can be around for generations to come,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Interim President/CEO Jerry Borin.
Once listed as an endangered species, the greater one-horned rhino has seen a steady population increase thanks to strict government protection. According to the World Wildlife Fund, only 600 individuals survived in their native ranges of India and Nepal by 1975.
Since then, researchers estimate the population has grown to exceed 3,500 greater one-horned rhinos living in these areas. However, these rhinos continue to face threats, including invasive grasses taking over their habitat and weather extremes like flooding caused by climate change.
If you’d like to check out Brian in person, you can visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s website here so you can start planning your visit.
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