Lion Country Safari celebrates World Rhino Day

The park treated two of their oldest residents
Posted at 8:43 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 17:10:39-04

Alice, 50, and Buck, 48, are two of the world’s oldest rhinoceros.

They live at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, and the park gave them a special treat today in honor of World Rhino Day.

"Alice and Buck being 50 and 48-years-old is a wonder because they're exceeding their life expectancy for the species,” said Dan Soler, Lion Country Safari Rhino Keeper. “The median life expectancy for a rhino is in the late 30's, early 40's. It’s a testament to the good care they receive at Lion Country Safari.”

September 22 is the seventh annual World Rhino Day held by the World Wildlife Foundation and the International Rhino Foundation.

The day was started to inspire people all over the world to stand up against rhino poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horns, according to the WWF.

"The reason that rhino horns are being poached is because people believe it serves a medical purpose. But we understand that it's actually just made of keratin, their horns are just made of keratin like your finger nails and hair. There's no medical reason or service for those," said Soler.

Alice, Buck, and the eleven other rhinos at Lion Country Safari are white rhinos.

White rhinos are one of five rhino species and are endangered.

"There's only about 21,000 left. Last year alone 1,300 of them were poached for their horn."

The park treated the rhinos, along with other curious animals, to special boxes of sweet feed and alfalfa hay.