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We’re preparing to welcome southern white rhinos in 2019!
“If you’ve been keeping up with the exciting Grand New View news, you know we’re preparing to welcome southern white rhinos in 2019! The rhinos will occupy a new habitat in what is currently our elephant habitat.
Although Zoo Atlanta previously housed eastern black rhinos, white rhinos require different care and housing due to their larger size, dietary differences and social structures. Now that we’re getting closer to welcoming new southern white rhinos, the Mammal Team has been reaching out to and visiting other organizations that house this species to learn about their care, training, housing and behavior. Another team member, Amanda, and I recently returned from the North Carolina Zoo, where we shadowed their rhino care team. We also observed a training session and assisted with feeding the rhinos their morning diets, and were able to talk about the differences in social dynamics between white rhinos and black rhinos.
We’re excited to share what we learned with the rest of our team, and start counting down the days for the new rhinos to arrive. We hope you’re as excited as we are to welcome this incredible species to our Zoo family in 2019!”

Sarah Snider
Mammal Keeper

#OnlyZooATL

https://zooatlanta.org/preparations-for-southern-white-rhinos/
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Did you find yourself replacing bulbs in decorations this year? Don’t just throw them away! You can recycle old batteries and lights at your local Home Depot which keeps more trash out of our landfills. #OneThingWednesday
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Who has been taking advantage of online shopping this season? It’s convenient, but the packaging used for shipping can add up quickly! When purchasing online, make sure to recycle the packaging to keep more trash out of the landfill. Remember, Americans produce 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s! (Photo: S. Echols) #OneThingWednesday
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The flamingos settled in nicely overall, and by the end of the day, they were enjoying their new water feature! Thanks for hanging out with me today and following the flamingos on their adventure! #TakeoverTuesday - Rebecca Young, Assistant Curator of Ambassador Animals
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You might be wondering why this flock is separate from the adult birds, and that’s because they are Ambassador Animals. They will be trained to walk through small sections of the Zoo, so visitors can get an up-close encounter with these super-cool birds. Even though it was their first day in their new habitat, we practiced this behavior and they did great! #TakeoverTuesday - Rebecca Young, Assistant Curator of Ambassador Animals
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I stayed with the flamingos for much of their first day, but I did leave them around lunchtime. Don’t worry, they had each other, and Red/Green found a human friend to chat with in the Petting Zoo next door! #TakeoverTuesday - Rebecca Young, Assistant Curator of Ambassador Animals
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About 30 minutes later they started making themselves at home near the water. Here, you can see them filter feeding, and if you turn up the volume, you can HEAR them feeding at the water’s edge. I’m not sure exactly what they were filtering, but there could have been tiny bugs that they found delicious! #TakeoverTuesday - Rebecca Young, Assistant Curator of Ambassador Animals
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After only a few minutes, the flamingos showed signs of getting comfortable. We saw behaviors that told us they were getting relaxed, like rousing, when they fluff their feathers up, and preening, when they use their beaks to clean their feathers and make sure they are in the right position. They were still staying on high ground though, so we still had a bit of a ways to go. #TakeoverTuesday - Rebecca Young, Assistant Curator of Ambassador Animals
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Speaking of being flock animals, they stuck together like glue in their new habitat. We expected this and were happy to see that they were reliant on one another for comfort, as this is very species typical behavior. At first, they just stood there, looking all around at their new digs - except for Red/Green. He came over and sat at my feet. #TakeoverTuesday - Rebecca Young, Assistant Curator of Ambassador Animals
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On the day of the big move, we gathered together nine animal care staff from both the Ambassador Animals Team and the Bird Team. Because flamingos are such flock-oriented birds, it was important that they all traveled to their new home together, even if they were getting a little help getting there. #TakeoverTuesday - Rebecca Young, Assistant Curator of Ambassador Animals
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