Puri the Indian rhino arrives in the Netherlands

On 14 December 2017, Puri the Indian rhinoceros was transferred from Hellabrunn Zoo to Amersfoort Zoo in the Netherlands. He arrived safe and sound at his new home.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Maria Fencik

For the past few weeks, the keepers at Hellabrunn Zoo had been busy training Puri to become accustomed to his transport crate. The hard work paid off by the day of his departure he was able to enter the crate without hesitation. The crate was hoisted by a crane onto a customised animal transport HGV, which set off on the 800 km journey to the Netherlands in the early morning, before opening hours.

Shortly after arriving at Amersfoort Zoo, the young Indian rhino was able to explore his new home, which he clearly seemed to enjoy. To ensure he settles in well, he was accompanied on his journey by one of his most trusted keepers, who will stay with him for the next few days.

The two-and-a-half-year-old bull was transferred to the Netherlands on the recommendation of Basel Zoo, which coordinates the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and the International Studbook (ISB) for the Indian rhinoceros. There he will live for the next few years with Thanos, a bull of roughly the same age from Tierpark Berlin, who is also expected to be transferred to Amersfoort in the near future.

Within a few years, Puri will be paired with a female rhino to produce offspring. He is particularly important to the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) as his mum Rapti was born in the Chitwan National Park in Nepal and her genes are not yet represented in the programme’s gene pool. "We are pleased that the move to Amersfoort went smoothly and hope to hear news of Puri's offspring in a few years time," said zoo director Rasem Baban. It is not yet known which zoo and which female Puri will be coupled with in future.

Puri was born on 31 August 2015 and weighs now a whopping 1100 kg. Shortly after birth, it was discovered that he had a severe infection, which he only survived thanks to prompt medical treatment and care by the vets and his keepers. Hellabrunn Zoo is therefore all the more delighted to be able to send this young bachelor on to his next stage in life.

Puri’s parents Rapti and Niko will continue to be on view for visitors in the Rhino House and its outdoor enclosure, daily from 9 am to 5 pm. And for all Puri fans who would like to look back at his early years at Hellabrunn, the Rhino Diary is now available online. Rhino lovers will find exciting stories and great pictures of Puri and his mum Rapti at