OKLAHOMA CITY – The youngest of the three Greater One-Horned rhinos, also known as the Indiana Rhino, at the Oklahoma City Zoo is about to start a new adventure!
Three-year-old Rupert was born at the OKC Zoo on June 21, 2014. His mom, Niki, had been on birth watch for almost 15 months. One month longer than the average 14-month gestation period.
Rupert was Niki’s first baby. His birth was the result of a recommendation from the Species Survival Planning Committee for Great-One Horned rhinos. The recommendation to breed was based off of his parents, Niki and Chandra’s, genetic compatibility.
The typical age for all young rhinos to leave their moms in the wild is at three years of age.
So now, Rupert is off to his next adventure at Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Indiana.
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There, he’ll “share his habitat with a grand, older female named Mechi until a young female is available for him to breed with.”
The OKC Zoo says this move is important for his entire species.
“We’ll truly miss watching our little guy romp around, but this move is crucially important for his entire species,” said zoo curator Laura Bottaro.
Click here to learn more on Rupert’s story.