Life as a rhino keeper is pretty amazing. Caring for these massive mammals takes a lot of dedication and hard work. But at the end of the day, we are rewarded with lots of love and affection from one of the most magnificent animals in the world!
Who would ever have thought a rhinoceros could be so affectionate? At first glance they appear tough, powerful and dangerous. Their immense size, strength and intimidating horns are enough to scare anyone or anything! But here at Australia Zoo, we are lucky enough to have a beautiful Southern White Rhino boy called DJ; one of the sweetest and most gentle rhinos you will ever meet.
As we arrive each morning, a sleepy 1960 kilogram DJ, is first to greet us. He slowly rolls out of bed, has a big stretch and yawn, before lumbering over for a scratch. Soaking up the attention, DJ closes his eyes, and stretches one of his back legs all the way out. Some days, he will even lie down and invite us to give him a good belly scratch! These are the moments when we are convinced that being a Rhino keeper is the best job in the world!
Feeling a tad jealous? Great news! You can come and meet our very affectionate boy, DJ, plus our other gorgeous rhinos by booking a Rhino Encounter on your next visit to the Zoo. Give DJ a good scratch and a handful of his favourite food and we are positive that you will have a friend for life!