FAIRWINDS Credit Union Rhinoceros Outpost

rhinosThe Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens opened the FAIRWINDS Credit Union Rhinoceros Outpost on March 15, 2013. This exhibit is home to the Zoo's greater one-horned Indian rhinoceros, PJ. 

PJ came to the Zoo from the White Oaks Conservation Center in Yulee, Florida. He is named after his sire (father) Patrick and his dam (mother) Jakichu. PJ’s sire was the first Indian rhinoceros born in North America in 1974.

The Indian rhinoceros is one of five species of rhinoceros worldwide and one of three species found in Asia. It is native to the remote, swampy grasslands of India, Assam and Nepal. Their skin resembles armor plating and even though it looks tough they still need to protect it. They have a single horn that can re-grow if broken off. Indian rhinoceros can run fast, up to 24 mph. They can live up to 45 years. Indian rhinoceros are listed as threatened.

In June 2017, the Zoo said goodbye to Jahi, whose name means “dignified." Jahi came to the Zoo from Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and grew up alongside PJ at the FAIRWINDS Credit Union Rhinoceros Outpost.  Jahi's move to another Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility was recommended as part of the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) where he will be paired with a female that is best suited to his genetics for breeding.  

As greater one-hormed rhinos mature they become solitary and can weigh approximately 5,000 pounds by adulthood. In the wild, rhinos only come together for breeding.

Be sure to visit the

Indian Rhinoceros Outpost!