Two male greater one-horned rhinoceroses are the first of their kind to call Fresno Chaffee Zoo their home.
On Monday, Chutti, meaning “holiday” in Hindi, arrived from San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. He was born Nov. 27, 2014, according to a news release from Chaffee zoo.
Two days later, Maza, meaning “fun,” arrived. Maza was born July 18, 2015 at the Center for Conservation of Tropical Ungulates in Florida.
Also known as Indian rhinos, the greater one-horned is one of the largest rhino species, according to the World Wild Life Fund. They can weigh up to 6,000 pounds and stand nearly 6½ feet.
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The rhinos will live in the previous Asian elephant exhibit.
Along with various modifications to the exhibit, the zoo said it has added grass and trees.
“They are a very iconic species and we are looking forward to teaching guests about the differences between rhino species as well as the challenges that rhinos face,” said Lyn Myers, general curator at Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
- Address: 894 West Belmont Ave.
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday- Sunday; subject to some seasonal variations
- Admission: $5.50 to $10, with memberships including annual unlimited admission starting at $55
- If you go: Find links to purchase tickets or to download the zoo map or visitor’s guide at fresnochaffeezoo.org/plan-your-visit/