Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Ohio is expanding its rhino habitat, which will be named the Daniel Maltz Rhino Reserve when it opens in spring 2020. Construction has started on the $2.5 million project.
The zoo will more than double the size of its habitat for the critically endangered Eastern black rhinoceros herd, of which less than 750 remain in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss.
The expansion also includes a second indoor rhino barn, as well as overhead shade and misting areas, a mud wallow and rubbing posts. It will also feature a new accessible viewing deck for guests.
The announcement comes after two significant donations to the project from Daniel Maltz and the Walter E. and Jean C. Kalberer Foundation.
Critically endangered Eastern black rhino reserve
The rhino habitat takes its new name from Maltz, while the Walter E. and Jean C. Kalberer Foundation will fund the Walter Kalberer Bull Barn and Jean Kalberer Rhino Yard.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Daniel Maltz Rhino Reserve as the next habitat at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo,” said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo executive director Chris Kuhar.
“Daniel and the Kalberer family are passionate advocates of both animal welfare and conservation, and their gifts will help provide a new home for the zoo’s growing herd.”
Construction on the Daniel Maltz Rhino Reserve started in September 2019. The Zoo Society Board of Directors has committed to funding the $2.5 million project.
Zoo has invested $35 million in animal habitats
“The Zoo Society works each day to raise funds that support the vision of the zoo, and we are so pleased that our donors and friends continue to be excited about new habitats that provide exceptional animal care and enhanced visitor experiences,” said Cleveland Zoo Society executive director Sarah Crupi.
Since 2011, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has invested $35 million in animal habitats, including the African Elephant Crossing, Rosebrough Tiger Passage and Asian Highlands.
Elsewhere, Lincoln Park Zoo has started construction on the new lion habitat, called the Pepper Family Wildlife Center. This is part of the $135m capital campaign, the Pride of Chicago.
The Daniel Maltz Rhino Reserve is scheduled to open in late spring at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.