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SOS Rhino : In the News : White Rhinos Now Roam Plains At Busch Gardens
 

White Rhinos Now Roam Plains At Busch Gardens

 

TBO.com IS Tampa Bay Online
Published: Jun 20, 2003

TAMPA - Three endangered white rhinoceros have been relocated from South Africa to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

A male, Tambo, and two females, Mlelani and Kisiri, are getting acclimated to their new 26-acre habitat on the northern portion of the attraction's Serengeti Plain.

Park guests can get up-close views of the white rhinos with the Serengeti Express train, which travels through the open habitat, as well as from the skyride and the Rhino Rally off-road attraction. Sable antelope, greater kudu, defassa waterbuck, sitatunga, wildebeest, ostrich and African crowned cranes share the rolling plains with the 4,000-pound rhinos.

The three rhinos were relocated from Kruger National Park in South Africa as part of a plan to ensure genetic diversification among threatened and endangered animals in zoological facilities, park officials said.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay was the world's first zoological park to feature free-roaming herds of animals when it opened the 65-acre Serengeti Plain, more than 40 years ago.

Although they are called white rhinos, they are not colored white. Their name comes from the Afrikaans word describing its mouth: weit, meaning ``wide.'' Early English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted weit for ``white,'' according to the International Rhino Foundation© 2003, Media General Inc. All rights reserved
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