Dec 3, 2012 8:39 PM by Matt Stafford

New Rhino at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs is getting their brand new Eastern Black Rhinoceros settled in.

Jumbe (pronounced joom-bay) is a 9-year-old rhino that they got from a zoo in Texas. He weighs about 2,600 pounds.

Jumbe will be part of the new Encounter Africa exhibit currently under construction. Employees are really excited about this addition to the Zoo.

"A Black Rhino adds quite a bit; I mean just looking at him is pretty impressive, and they are extremely endangered, so that gives us a chance to kind of give everybody a little information about them and why they're so amazing," explains Sarah Gonzalez; one of Jumbe's caretakers.

Jumbe could live to be 30 to 35 years old, and the managers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hope that he'll spend the rest of his days in Colorado Springs.

Your first chance to see Jumbe up close could be Electric Safari; that's coming up this month. Visitors will get a sneak peak at parts of the Encounter Africa exhibit; like the sky bridge and the Elephant Center. Jumbe will be in the Elephant Center for Electric Safari. That begins Friday, December 7th, and goes through that Sunday, December 9th; then Electric Safari will be open from Friday, December 14th, until January 1st. It will be closed on Christmas Eve. For more on Electric Safari, click here.


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