BY JACK LOWENSTEIN
Lion Country Safari is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and on Wednesday, March 15, it also celebrated the birthday of the southern white rhinoceros Blossom, who turns 2 on Saturday, March 18. The celebration will continue Saturday with additional enrichments.
Blossom is continuing to learn her way of life in the herd that lives at the wildlife park.
“She is definitely in that phase, the terrible twos, where she is testing her mother’s patience, trying to see what she can get away with,” rhino keeper Daniel Soler said.
Soler has been with Lion Country Safari for five years and has worked as the rhino keeper for three.
“I love this species because they’re so spunky, and they’re intelligent. They’re a lot more intelligent than people give them credit for. Their herd mentality is really cool,” Soler said. “It’s like being a cowboy, except with exotic animals. I get to ride around in a truck, give out hay and mess with these guys.”
Blossom is only 2 years old, but she is still one of an endangered species. Soler said there are about 20,000 white rhinos left in the wild.
“They are being poached for their horns. It is seen in several cultures as having medicinal…
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