Rhinos

You’ll see two different species of rhinos at Busch Gardens Tampa and learn how to spot their unique characteristics while on a Serengeti Safari® or the Serengeti Railway.

You’ll see two different species of rhinos at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay and learn how to spot their unique characteristics. Spot the rhinos on a Serengeti Safari® or the Serengeti Railway train.

Southern white rhinos are native to eastern and southern Africa. These massive animals can stand more than 6 feet at the shoulder, weigh as much as 5,000 pounds.

A female southern white rhino was born at Busch Gardens on October 16. The calf is healthy and is currently being cared for by mom with the animal care team watching closely. Guests can try to catch a glimpse of the new calf by booking a Serengeti Safari.

Black rhinos are found in bushy plains, rugged hills, and scrublands in isolated areas of Central and South Africa. Black rhinos also are known as the prehensile or hook-lip rhinos. This lip is a special tool used for browsing on leaves and twigs.

A Closer Look

Due to poaching, less than 2,000 black rhinos remain. Black rhinos have suffered the most spectacular rate of decline of all rhino species with a 96 percent reduction in population in the last 25 years. The rhinos at Busch Gardens® Tampa participate in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) to ensure genetic diversification among threatened and endangered animals in zoological facilities.

Ask an Educator

Q: What is a rhino’s horn made of?

BG: A rhino's horn is not a true horn that is attached to the skull. It grows from the skin and is made up of keratin fibers, the same material found in hair and nails.

Q: How much do black rhinos weigh?

BG: Black rhinos weigh 1,000 to 3,000 pounds.

Q: What do rhinos eat?

BG: Black rhinos use their prehensile lips to feed on grasses and plants.