- Watch for Chopper the rhino calf, who usually ventures into the front yards with adult female Bertha.
- See if you can spot Bernie, the adult male, lounging in the mud wallow.
- Measure up against the life-size rhino cut-out.
Three adult white rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum simum) and a calf live at the ABQ BioPark Zoo. Meet Bertha, Lulu, Bernie and Chopper in Africa.
Our Actions Matter
Five species of rhinoceroses exist today, and all of them are rare or endangered. The greatest threats to rhinos are habitat loss and poaching for horns, which are used in Chinese medicine and extremely valuable.
- The ABQ BioPark is part of the rhinoceros Species Survival Program (SSP). We are learning all about rhino calves as we hand-raise Chopper! Conservation efforts, including SSPs, have increased the world 's white rhino population to more than 20,000 individuals.
- Sanctuaries are working to protect rhinos. White and black rhinos can be found at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa. In Indonesia, Ujung Kulon National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park provide sanctuary for the Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
- You can help support rhino conservation by donating to the NM BioPark Society Conservation Fund.
Albuquerque is the home of a male rhino calf!
Where was Chopper born? Chopper was born at Florida's White Oak Conservation Center on October 30, 2012 and weighed 132 pounds.
When did he come to the ABQ BioPark? Animal care staff flew Chopper from Florida to Albuquerque on November 14, 2012. At just two-weeks old and 169 pounds, Chopper moved into a behind-the-scenes area at the Zoo. In February 2013, Chopper made his public debut.
Why is he named Chopper? BioPark Facebook fans voted to name the calf Chopper after Jimmy Abalos.
Where is Chopper's mother? Born on an unusually cold night, Chopper struggled and was slow to start nursing. He did not establish a strong bond with his mother. White Oak staff saw he wasn't thriving and decided to hand rear him.
How did he end up at the ABQ BioPark? Bully, a male rhino on loan from the BioPark to White Oak Conservation Center, is Chopper's father. As part of the loan agreement, the calf belongs to the BioPark.
What does he eat? Chopper is hand-fed a bottle of skim and 1% cow's milk, provided by Creamland Dairy, with extra dextrose and vitamins. This formula mimics the very sweet, low-fat milk of rhino mothers. Now, Chopper is also eating solid foods like hay. He's learning to be a rhino from adult Bertha.