Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Maryland Zoo Redux #4 - White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra and Common Ostrich

There is another trio of species that share an expansive enclosure--although, today, the members on exhibit were content to pretty much hang out in one particular area--the one with greatest access to viewing. The party was made up of one of the zoo's Southern White Rhinoceros, it's pair of , and the female Common Ostrich (the male otherwise occupied?).

A word on the Southern White Rhinoceros. Ever since I encountered that Rhinoceros cow with her newborn calf in the wilds of Zimbabwe in 1990, I have never stopped believing that these creatures are to be honored and allowed to flourish as even a miniscule reflection of our own humanity. Like it or not, we now have dominion over life on this planet. I doubt we will have it for very long!--and certainly not if we continue to abuse, destroy and monetize everything else on this little planet. Rhinoceros are one of the reasons that I believe in zoos, and why I want them to be excellent. Maryland Zoo does a lot so very well. Its trajectory is pointed in the right direction. Enjoy!

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