A light anaesthetic before getting into the transport crate
On the day of transport, the vet administered the rhinoceros with a light anaesthetic, which ensured that the animals walked into the transport crate calmly and without stress. The front of the transport crate only has sturdy bars so the animal can look out. After a final health check, the vet administered an antidote to remove the effect of the anaesthetic and allow the animals to travel safely.
An adult male square-lipped rhinoceros weighs around 2,500 to 3,000 kilos, while an adult female weighs around 2,000 kilos. The young males transported are estimated to weigh over 1,000 kilograms each. The transportation company specialises in zoo animals and has built a special truck to transport rhinoceros from one zoo to another.
Top five rhinoceros breeders in Europe
Burgers’ Zoo has been among the most successful breeders of square-lipped rhinoceros in European zoos for many years. The Arnhem zoo is one of the top five in Europe. The European Association of Zoos (EAZA) has 82 zoos that keep square-lipped rhinoceros. Square-lipped rhinoceros have a gestation period of about 17 months.