Cork’s Fota Wildlife Park has today unveiled the first Rhinoceros to inhabit the park.
Meet Jamil, a male rhino who arrived at the park in late June from Whipsnade Zoo in the UK and has been shown off to the press today.
Jamil is two-and-a-half years old and already weighs over a tonne. The rhino has been getting used to his new surrounding in the park's new €1m Asian Sanctuary, which opens to the public at 10am tomorrow.
The Indian Rhino is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and it is thought that only about 3,000 of them exist in the wild. They're particularly distinctive given that they only have one horn as opposed to the two that their African cousins have.
Fota plan to have two more rhinos, one male and one female, join Jamil in the autumn and their new enclosure even includes an indoor pool. It is hoped that the rhinos will eventually breed and that their young may go back into the wild.
It is thought that Jamil will reach the two tonne mark by the age of seven and the average life expectancy for a rhino like him is between 35 and 40 years.
Welcome to Cork, Jamil boi!
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