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18 August 2013

During the next four weeks Werribee Open Range Zoo’s baby rhino is expected to be on public display for timed viewings between 10.45am – 11.45am and 1.45pm – 2.45pm daily.

While the rhino calf is growing up fast and now weighs 135kg, she still needs plenty of rest and so public visits will be spaced through the day, with set group sizes and a limited viewing times. If she needs some time to rest or the weather is poor, display times may change or be cancelled at short notice.

However, there is still plenty to see at Werribee Open Range Zoo, including a free weekday program just for toddlers.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to check the website, facebook and twitter for the latest information on viewing dates and times.

The rhino calf is being hand-reared by the team at the vet hospital and over the last two months they have worked day and night to care for her.

Now that she has moved from the wards to the outdoor vet nursery, the rhino calf has been exploring her new surroundings and her bottle feeds have become bucket feeds!

In mid-September, the calf will move from the outdoor vet nursery to begin her introductions to the rest of the herd on the Savannah, which may take up to six months.

This introduction is kind of like Rhino play school, where she learns the social language and rules of Rhinos before living permanently with the herd.

Viewing Details

Dates: From 18 August – mid September
Viewing Times: 10.45am – 11.45am and 1.45pm – 2.45pm

Viewing times are *subject to variation and late notice changes

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