KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Rhino Moves Away From Great Plains Zoo



Bookmark and Share

If you’ve been to the Great Plains Zoo recently, you may have noticed that one of the zoo’s main attractions was missing.

One of the zoo’s most popular animals just recently left his home in Sioux Falls to branch out, leaving his mom and dad behind.

Just like us human beings, even rhinos eventually have to move on to bigger and better things. You may remember only two years ago, a rare black rhino calf named Kiano was born at the Great Plains Zoo making him the second baby calf born to his parents, Jubba and Imara.

This past Monday, the time finally came for Kiano to say goodbye to his family and his fans all over the Sioux Empire to begin the next chapter of his life.

“After a couple of years, rhino calves are weined from their mom and they can move on and start making new relationships with a new mate and so in the next few years, we hope that Kiano becomes a dad,” says Elizabeth Whealy of the Great Plains Zoo.

Now, Kiano is residing at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines where he will hopefully find a girlfriend and live happily ever after.

Zoo officials say that although it's hard to see animals like Kiano go, i's part of their job to make sure these animals live as naturally as possible.

“Zoos throughout the country work together on species survival, and so for these very important species like the rhinos; we all look together at the very best pairings to make more rhinos,” says Whealy.

As for Jubba and Imara, other than dealing with a little empty nest syndrome; they're expected to do just fine. In fact, more baby rhinos aren't necessarily out of the question.

“The parents are in their mid teens so we have every opportunity to continue on with the family and certainly Imara has been a wonderful mother of two calves and we’re looking forward to an addition to the family at some point,” says Whealy.

Hopefully continuing the zoo’s mission of protecting endangered species like the Eastern Black Rhinos right here in South Dakota.

This particular species of rhinos is one of 17 endangered species bred at the Great Plains Zoo, and in just a few months; the zoo plans on adding to that. Shortly after the first of the year, the zoo will be welcoming a large family of snow monkeys, which will go on exhibit in the spring.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

SF Woman Aims To Inspire Moms With Book  story with video

Finding out you're pregnant can be one of the happiest times in a couple's ...

Rollover Closes Portion Of 57th St.

A rollover accident shut down a portion of 57th street in Sioux Falls Wednesday afternoon.   ...

City Launches Fair Housing Awareness Program

The City of Sioux Falls is starting a new Fair Housing ...

Two Candidates Talk SD Corruptions  story with video  Apr. 23

Arguments Made In Prison Guard Killing Lawsuit  story with video  Apr. 23

Sheriff Shows The Truth Of Distracted Driving  story with video  Apr. 23

Part Of Interstate Shut Down For Accident  Apr. 23

Brookings Woman Wants Trees Saved  Apr. 23

Man Arrested For DWI After Rollover Ax. In SF  Apr. 23

IA Renews Effort To Legalize Med. Marijuana  Apr. 23

Iowa House Backs Tax Credits For Wind Energy  Apr. 23

LaPlante Takes New Job As Asst. US Attorney  Apr. 23

SD Board OKs Studies On Roads, Wine Distribution  Apr. 23

Audit Of Coach Hoffner Firing Sought  Apr. 23

SD High School Group Considers Transgender Policy  Apr. 23

'Teen Fashion Show' To Benefit Feeding SD  story with video  Apr. 23

South Dakota To Hold Statewide Tornado Drill   Apr. 23

Yankton Bids For International Archery Tournament  Apr. 23

Arguments Set In Prison Guard Killing Lawsuit  Apr. 23

SD Tribe Invokes Treaties Against New Uranium Mine  Apr. 23

MN Bus Hits Pedestrian, 11 Transported To Hospital  Apr. 23

Live WWII Hand Grenade Causes Stir At Pawn Shop  Apr. 23

Lantry Man Pleads Guilty To Causing Fatal Crash  Apr. 23

Epidemiologist: Prevent Tick-Borne Illnesses  Apr. 23

Family Safe After House Fire Near Harrisburg  Apr. 23

Spanish Immersion Might Fill Up More Desks   story with video  Apr. 22

SF Boy Raises Money To Reunite Troops, Dogs  story with video  Apr. 22

Three Young Teens Rob SF Convenience Store  story with video  Apr. 22

SF Woman Runs In First Boston Marathon  Apr. 22

Red Cross Joins Up For Disaster Simulation  story with video  Apr. 22

Authorities Investigating Death of Ocheyadan Man  Apr. 22

IA Man Sentenced In Spirit Lake Murder Case  Apr. 22

FBI Investigates Suspected Child Molester  Apr. 22

KDLT News Archive
     

FBI Investigates Suspected Child Molester

The FBI is asking for help to identify at least 90 victims ...

Family Safe After House Fire Near Harrisburg

A family is safe after their home near Harrisburg ...

3 Teens Rob SF Gas Station At Gunpoint

Sioux Falls Police are investigating an armed robbery at a gas ...

Three Young Teens Rob SF Convenience Store  story with video  Apr. 22

SF Boy Raises Money To Reunite Troops, Dogs  story with video  Apr. 22

Part Of Interstate Shut Down For Accident  Apr. 23

IA Man Sentenced In Spirit Lake Murder Case  Apr. 22

Authorities Investigating Death of Ocheyadan Man  Apr. 22

KDLT News Archive
     

Augie women heavy favorites in NSIC tennis  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. - No. 30 Augustana (21-1) earned the No. ...

Scheels Plays of Week from April 14th-20th  story with video

Jeff Rusack has your Scheels Plays of the Week from April 14th-20th. ...

Starr says Combine was tough  story with video

USD standout Tyler Starr continues to work out in preparation for the upcoming NFL draft. He ...

SMSU swept by Concordia SP  story with video  Apr. 22

Skyforce Plays of the Year  story with video  Apr. 22

OG increases girls city golf lead  story with video  Apr. 21

Adelman steps down at Timberwolves coach  story with video  Apr. 21

Trautmann Re-Writing Record Book At Augie  story with video  Apr. 21

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top