Three white rhinos coming to World Wildlife Zoo in Arizona

Shortly after welcoming Arizona’s very first baby sea lion in October named Sunny, one Arizona zoo will introduce three white rhinos from South Africa to it’s wildlife park.

The Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona has imported the rare rhinos after a 20 month long journey.

Hunters in South Africa will look for white rhinos in an effort to get their horns because people in African countries believe ground-up horn can cure diseases and act as an aphrodisiac. Poachers will pay upwards of $300,000 for one horn because of the high demand.

Zoo director Mickey Olsen noted that rhinos are an endangered species, with less than 30,000 left in the wild, compared to 70,000 less than four decades ago.

The animals can be seen starting in January, when the zoo will open its new, 9-acre addition to the safari park.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.