We are working with EARTH Ltd. to give our visitors a unique way to learn more about rhino conservation! All proceeds from rhino encounters are donated to rhinoceros conservation.
Spots are limited and must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance. Zoo passes, coupons, discounts, or other offers cannot be applied to the price of rhino encounters.
Thank you to everyone who participated in rhino encounters this year! We, and EARTH Ltd, raised $15,120 in 2016 through encounters. All proceeds were donated to Project Rhino KZN.
Rhino Encounters will resume in May of 2017.
Non-members: $99 (+ $2.97 processing fee)
EARTH Member: $79 (+ $2.97 processing fee)
Note to members: To receive your member discount, click “enter promotional code” when you register. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith’s code would be SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name, Jane Doe’s code would be DOEJA.
Includes: Admission to the zoo for the day and an encounter with our two white rhinos.
Note: Encounters take place before the zoo’s normal hours. Only people who have purchased rhino encounter tickets are allowed entry into the zoo during the encounter. Please meet us at 9:00am at the zoo’s front entrance the day of your encounter.
*Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
We suggest wearing comfortable, closed toe shoes. We DO NOT recommend wearing flip flops or sandals.
New– Rhino Encounter T-Shirts
We are now offering rhino encounter shirts! Show the world that you touched a rhino and a rhino touched you. Shirts are available for $25 each when you register for your encounter.
Comments from previous rhino encounter participants:
- “Both Jessica and I would like to thank you for the incredible Rhino Encounter this last Saturday, 8/2. We were both awe struck as we left the rhino area; stunned with the “up close” magnificence of this beautiful creature.”
– Stan Coombs, August 2014
- One of our rhino encounter participants wrote about it on her blog. Check it out!
- “Thelma and Louise were absolutely everything I hoped two rhinos would be! They were so sweet and gentle, and I could not believe how much they just loved the attention and affection! This was undeniably the best day of my life, and having two rhinos so openly enjoy my company was the most meaningful experience that I will treasure forever. Truly a gift of nature, I feel so honored for my life to have crossed paths with theirs. I literally cannot thank you enough, I am so speechless in expressing my gratitude. I have also spent my day encouraging as many people as I can to come and share this experience, to share in both the beauty and the endeavor of the rhino. I feel it is the least I can do to help them and their kind, and I would do whatever else I could.“
– Jake Waldman, August 2015