Indoor Furnishing

Some collections provide the animals with straw bedding. Rhino urine can be sticky and corrosive and therefore enclosure furniture should be able to be scrubbed clean. No delicate equipment should be stored within spraying distance of the rhinos.

Indoor enclosures should be scrubbed clean with water on a daily basis. Cleaning products such as disinfectants with a strong smell should be avoided for routine cleaning as these are disliked by rhinos (Carlstead et al 1999).

Wooden rubbing posts should also be available. Horizontal pieces of wood have proved popular in one institution as they allow the rhinos to mimic the behaviour seen in wild rhinos where animals rub both the inside and outside curvatures of the horn. Availability of these horizontal wooden bars seems to promote more similar shaping of the horn to that seen in the wild.

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