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Not many people know that Hellabrunn’s little Indian rhinoceros, Puri, is a true rarity: he is the first offspring of mum Rapti and is considered particularly valuable genetically, because his mother originally comes from a national park in Nepal. And so, despite his young age, the little Puri has an important mission in mind – to produce many offspring some day.
Little Puri still has a long way to go until then, but he will soon begin the first phase of his transformation from juvenile to breeding bull:
Puri is expected to move to Amersfoort Zoo in the Netherlands in the near future on the recommendation of Basel Zoo, which coordinates the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and the International Studbook (ISB) for Indian rhinoceros.
The Munich Zoo Hellabrunn was founded in 1911 as the first Geo-zoo worldwide. The animals live according to their geographic distribution in complex communities.
Hellabrunn’s Species Conservation Center is a unique forum where zoo visitors can access an amazing amount of information about the zoo’s many projects.