Our white rhinos are a favorite of many Zoo guests. With their large horns and immense size, these mammals are one of the most recognizable species in the world. As mega herbivores, white rhinos consume large amounts of vegetation which helps to shape the African landscape. Due to their selective diet, they only graze certain plant species which allows for other slower growing plants to flourish. This results in greater plant diversity across the African plains and ensures that all herbivores have their desired food choice.
Like all our animals, the white rhinos at the Indianapolis Zoo are ambassadors for their counterparts in the wild. Native to the savannahs of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya, rhinos are listed as a near-threatened species. Poaching for their horns, which are used in traditional Asian medicines and habitat fragmentation due to human development have severely impacted rhino populations across southern Africa. Through the Animal Amigo program, you support the care of our white rhinos at the Zoo and support the Indianapolis Zoo’s global conservation efforts.
For a donation of $50 or more, you’ll receive an Animal Amigo package which includes one white rhino plush, photo, certificate, trading card and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*
For a donation of $100 or more, sponsor one of the following animals: orangutan, American alligator, Orinoco crocodile, Amur tiger, walrus, lion, rhino, giraffe, brown bear, red panda, meerkat, flamingo, elephant, rockhopper penguin, dolphin, long-tailed macaque, ring-tailed lemur or macaw. You will receive a plush, photo, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*
*Animal Amigo donor board is located inside the Oceans building at the Zoo.
Animal Amigo donations make great gifts! You can purchase one as an individual or as a group. However, please note that only one of each item will be enclosed per Animal Amigos packet.