Flash Staff Report
(April 29, 2017) — Black rhinoceroses at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center have no shade structure for protection from the Texas heat we all know is coming.
Fossil Rim black rhino intern Christina Chilbert is on a mission to solve just that issue, despite there being no room in the budget for such purchases.
Chilbert is introducing Cinco de Rhino, a fundraising event at Rattlesnake Ballroom in Walnut Springs, from 7-9 p.m. next Friday, May 5.
Besides the obvious play on words, Cinco de Rhino will feature musician Gary Anderson and friends, and patrons can purchase margaritas, tacos and more with the majority of proceeds going toward the black rhinos at Fossil Rim.
One of the largest land animals rhinos generally grow to 60 inches tall at the shoulder and between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds. They weigh anywhere from 55 to 90 pounds at birth and remain with their mothers for up to 3 years.
Rhinos can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour and make up for poor vision with acute hearing. They generally live between 30 and 40 years.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a non-profit wildlife reserve dedicated to animal and land conservation and participates in the International Rhino Foundation’s Southern Black Rhino Sustainability Program.