In what could have been a serious problem the groundskeepers resulted in the death of a 36-year-old rhinoceros at the Norfolk, Virginia zoo. Apparently male white rhinos are “notoriously aggressive with each other” and require safety precausions that keep them appart. When the groundskeeper failed to follow the correct procedures that maintained separation during the night the two rhinos began fighting resulting in a ruptured liver.  Rufus died as a result of his wounds.

Alfred, 40 remains healthy. Donations can be made directly to the Virginia Zoo.

As reported by Debbie Messina, The Virginia-Pilot


Financial Contributions can be made via the Virginia Zoological Society web site.

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Virginia Zoological Society accepts tax-deductible cash contributions, gifts of appreciated securities, and gifts of goods and services on behalf of Virginia Zoo. Virginia Zoological Society is the official support organization for Virginia Zoo and is a non-profit organization under IRS 501 (c) (3). Gifts may be applied to our Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, Keeper Fund, Conservation & Research Fund, or may be designated by the donor for a specific use.

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Virginia Zoological Society
Development Department
Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23504-1329

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