Rhino Encounters

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Ever wondered what it’s like to scratch a rhino behind the ears?

We are working with EARTH Ltd. to give our visitors a unique way to learn more about rhino conservation! Half of the proceeds will be going to the environmental education non profit EARTH Ltd and the other half will go to the International Rhino Foundation.

“Both Jessica and I would like to thank you for the incredible Rhino Encounter this last Saturday, 8/2. We were both awe struck as we left the rhino area; stunned with the “up close” magnificence of this beautiful creature.”
-Stan Coombs, Rhino Encounter participant August 2014

$75 for Members of EARTH Ltd
$95 for non-members.

*Participants must be at least 12 years old.
*Those under 18 years of age must have a paid adult with them.
*Half of the proceeds go to the International Rhino Foundation

Each encounter lasts about 60 minutes  and has space for 4 people. It includes:

  • Admission to the zoo for the day of your encounter
  • A meet and greet with our two white rhinos Thelma and Louise
  • A talk from one of our zookeepers

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Rhino encounters spots must be reserved in advance. Check the schedule below to see the available dates.

There are currently no rhino encounters scheduled. They will resume when we open next spring for the 2015 season.

To reserve, please call Betsey Brewer at 1-800-258-9182 ext 209 or email her at betsey@southwickszoo.com

One of our rhino encounter participants wrote about it on her blog. Check it out!