In the idyllic setting of Arizona’s Out of Africa Wildlife Park, you’ll meet a very special inhabitant who’s both a crowd-pleaser and an ambassador for his kind. His name is Jericho, and he’s a stunning Southern White Rhino with a story that captivates the hearts of those who meet him. As we approach World Rhino Day on September 22nd, let’s delve into Jericho’s remarkable journey and learn why this day is crucial for the survival of all five rhino species.
From Busch Gardens to Arizona: Jericho’s Incredible Journey
Jericho made headlines when he arrived at Out of Africa Wildlife Park on September 5, 2013. The travel was no small feat for this 4,800-pound behemoth; he journeyed over 2,100 miles from Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. Upon his arrival, Jericho was quick to claim his new 6-acre estate—a living space six times larger than his previous home. One could say he was eager to stretch his legs in his expansive new domain!
Jericho’s Legacy: Carrying the Torch for Boom Boom
Jericho wasn’t the first rhino to win over the hearts of the Out of Africa Wildlife Park visitors. He carries on the legacy of Boom Boom, the park’s first rhino, who passed away from old age. Like Boom Boom, Jericho has become an essential feature of the park and a beloved symbol for rhino education efforts.
Southern White Rhinos: Quick Facts
Lifespan: 40 to 45 years in captivity
Diet: Primarily grass, aquatic plants, shrubs, trees, twigs, and low bush branches
Habitat: Predominantly found in grasslands and savannahs
Speed: Surprisingly agile, can run up to 30 mph
Why World Rhino Day Matters
Initiated in 2011, World Rhino Day is celebrated internationally on September 22nd. Spearheaded by the International Rhino Foundation, the event unites rhino enthusiasts and experts around the world under one common theme: ‘Keep the Five Alive.’ The day aims to raise awareness about the plight of all five rhino species—White, Black, Indian, Javan, and Sumatran.
Join Team Rhino and participate in events that contribute to preserving these magnificent creatures.
How You Can Get Involved
This World Rhino Day, why not make a trip to Out of Africa Wildlife Park to meet Jericho? Your visit not only supports the park but also contributes to broader education efforts. Can’t make it to Arizona? Consider adopting a rhino virtually or contributing to initiatives that support anti-poaching measures, habitat restoration, and community education.
As we anticipate World Rhino Day, let’s take a moment to celebrate incredible animals like Jericho, who serve as beacons of hope and education in the quest for conservation. By learning their stories and contributing to their preservation, we can work together to ensure that future generations will also be captivated by these awe-inspiring creatures.
Join us on September 22nd as we celebrate World Rhino Day, and remember, every action counts when it comes to education. Let’s all strive to ‘keep the five alive.’