New Rhino Arrives at Little Rock Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo is proud to announce the arrival of a Navasha, a 26-year-old female black rhino from the Lincoln Park Zoo. (Click here to watch the move to the zoo)

Navasha was transferred to Little Rock as a recommendation of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a captive management animal program for endangered species in accredited American zoos. The SSP recommended Navasha be a companion to Johari, a 13-year-old male black rhino living at the Zoo since 1996.

Navasha has moved into her new exhibit at the Zoo but has not been officially introduced to Johari, although both rhinos are occasionally able to see each other. For a short period of time, Navasha and Johari will be kept in separate stalls in the rhino barn to allow Navasha time to acclimate to her new surroundings. Once introduced, the two rhinos will occupy the west side of the rhino yard.

According to Zoo staff, Navasha is adjusting well to her new surroundings and is spending more time outside. Zoo Director Mike Blakely said the addition of Navasha is a feather in the hat for the Little Rock Zoo.

“Rhinos are incredibly endangered in the wild and very rare in American zoos. The fact that the Little Rock Zoo received a recommendation to take Navasha as a companion for Johari says our Zoo is doing something right,” said Blakely.

Navasha arrives just in time for the Zoo’s annual fundraiser for wild rhino conservation, Bowling for Rhinos, set for July 17, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. at Millennium Bowl in Maumelle. Tickets are only $25 per person for adults and $15 per person for children. Ticket price includes entry to the event, shoe rental, and two games of bowling. A silent auction featuring unique animal items will start at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds go to organizations in Africa and Asia working to save the wild rhino.

Source: Arkansasmetters, July 9, 2008

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