Three and a half year-old Aashish (pronounced ‘ah-sheesh’), a male Indian Rhinoceros, arrived Thursday, May 17, to The Toledo Zoo’s Tembo Trail. Much younger and significantly more active than the other rhinos the zoo’s housed in the past, Aashish will be a very welcome resident, and an enormous wonder of a beast.
Trust us. You’ll want to learn a bit about him.
A few fun facts:
Native to: Nepal and India.
Better known as: Rhinoceros unicornis or greater one-horned rhino.
Size: 10-12′ in length. 6′ tall. 4,000-6,000 lbs.
Horn: 8-24″ in length. Made of keratin, like human fingernails.
Exterior: Grayish-brown, hairless, armor-like skin.
Charge: Up to 30mph!
Population: Less than 3,000 (listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species).
Lifespan: Approx. 40 years.
Michael Frushour, curator of mammals at The Toledo Zoo, remarks, “A different species of rhino makes for a new and educational experience for both our staff and guests.”
Additionally, Frushour is looking forward to the youth of Aashish and how it will impact the guests’ interaction and experience with the rhino. Because Aashish is so young, the zoo expects he will be much more likely to utilize the environment they’ve created for him, including the moat that has gone largely unused in the past. With a safe, well-maintained lifestyle, the average lifespan is around 40 years. Aashish has a long way to go, and quite a bit of energy to spend.
We can’t wait to meet you, Aashish!
For more information, visit toledozoo.org.