3:34 pm - Thursday December 14, 2017

A Rhino On The Mountain

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Welcomes Jumbe, a Black Rhinoceros-


The noble horn of a rhino can be used to push around a boomer ball, toss a tire in the air and root around in the dirt. That is according to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s newest family member, Jumbe (pronounced joom-bay), a nine-year-old Eastern black rhinoceros. Guests will have their very first opportunity to catch a glimpse of Jumbe at this year’s Electric Safari.


Jumbe’s home is the Zoo’s new Wilgruen Elephant Center located within Encounter Africa, the Zoo’s new $13.5 million exhibit. As a special treat for Electric Safari guests only, access will be given to select areas of the exhibit, including the sky bridge and Elephant Center. Electric Safari runs Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9 and Friday, December 14 – Tuesday, January 1 from 5:30 – 8:30pm nightly. Electric Safari will be closed Christmas Eve.


Jumbe’s journey to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo started at Caldwell Zoo in Texas, another Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited facility. He traveled on the back of a flatbed truck, in a crate made just for him, and arrived on the mountain side in the middle of the night to excited staff and four very curious elephants, who share their barn with him.


“Jumbe has a very calm demeanor – which is unique for a young male rhino,” said Tracy Thessing, Director of Animal Collections at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. “He has adapted quickly to our staff, to his new home and to the elephants. Our girls are still very curious about their new neighbor, though. They get excited or run over to check him out whenever they hear him snort.”


Jumbe weighs in at 2,658 lbs. and stands about five feet tall at his shoulder. His skin is dark brown, which is typical for the species – they are not black, as their name suggests. Rhinos are solitary animals, preferring to spend their time alone when they are not mating or caring for a calf. Jumbe prefers to spend his time playing with enrichment items, eating willow branches and hay, and napping in warm dirt.


For more information about Electric Safari, visit: www.cmzoo.org/ElectricSafari.


To follow the rest of the construction progress on Encounter Africa, visit: www.cmzoo.org/EncounterAfrica.



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