Minnesota’s First Rhinoceros Moves Into Zoo Near St. Cloud
Minnesota is home to several zoos, and home of them is now home to the state's only rhino.
Tio is a Greater One-Horned Rhino that recently took up residence at the Hemker Park & Zoo located in Freeport, Minnesota, about halfway between St. Cloud and Sauk Centre.
In a press release, the zoo says it has been planning for Tio's arrival and "has been hard at work consulting, researching, and planning its innovative and recently completed state of the art indoor Rhino facility and 2-acre outdoor yard."
Tio is a 2,000-pound two-year-old that is on his way to about 5,000 pounds when fully grown. The Greater One-Horned rhinos are one of many species of rhinos that are in danger of becoming extinct and are found throughout Northern India and Southern Nepal.
Started in 1977 Hemker Park & Zoo is home to 50 different species and 200 animals and is open daily from May 1st - October 31st. They say they have plans to add one more male rhino later this year.