Rolling Hills Zoo Welcomes Kengele: A New Chapter in Southern White Rhino Conservation

By Trish Svoboda

The Rolling Hills Zoo (RHZ) announced the arrival of a male southern white rhino to its family. Named Kengele, which means “bell” in Swahili, he has been relocated from The Wilds, a conservation and research center in southeastern Ohio that is associated with the Columbus Zoo. He celebrated his 26th birthday on June 9.

Kengele, along with Evey, the female southern white rhino at RHZ, will contribute to the continuous efforts to maintain the southern white rhino population. Currently, southern white rhinos are considered near-threatened due to the destruction of their habitats and illegal hunting for their horns.

As Kengele adapts to his new environment, the Rhino Barn at RHZ will be temporarily closed for a few days. After he has settled in, visitors will have the opportunity to witness the unique behaviors and traits of this species.

“We are beyond excited to welcome Kengele to our Zoo family,” said Brenda Gunder, Rolling Hills Zoo Curator. “His addition to our rhino population provides a wonderful opportunity for our guests to learn about the critical conservation efforts needed to protect these majestic animals. Kengele’s unique personality and impressive presence will undoubtedly make him a favorite among visitors.”

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