Black rhinos can be kept hands-off or hands-on depending on the facility’s policy and personality of the rhino. Preferably Black rhinos are maintained to allow a day-to-day, set-routine interaction which will facilitate medical and foot care, introductions, births and separations. It is not recommended that keepers enter the same enclosure space as Black rhino and that handling occurs through a barrier the gives the handler protection (see picture below).

A keeper at Chester Zoo handling a rhino safely through a barrier.

A keeper at Chester Zoo handling a rhino safely through a barrier.

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