Endangered rhino at Lion Country Safari celebrates 2nd birthday

Posted at 10:33 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 10:33:43-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.--  A Southern White Rhino named Blossom is celebrating her second birthday at Lion Country Safari.

She weighed in at 155 pounds at birth.  Now she’s an estimated 1892 pounds.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, staff plan to set out treats and gifts for Blossom so guests can see her in the drive-through preserve.

All five species of rhino are considered endangered due to poaching.  There are about 20,000 white rhinos alive today.  Thirteen of them live at Lion Country Safari.  Recently, staff at Lion Country responded to the killing of a rhino by poachers at a French zoo.

Lion Country Safari is part of the White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  As part of the celebration for Blossom, Lion Country plans to donate $250 to the International Rhino Foundation.

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