Behind the Scenes at the Zoo: Black Rhinos

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By FOX 8 News Producer Kristen Jones

CLEVELAND -- We are taking you behind the scenes of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo!

This time we meet some of the zoo's largest -- and smartest -- residents.

Inge is a 20-year-old black rhinosaurus.

She weighs 2,700 pounds.

You might think getting an animal that big to cooperate would be difficult - but it's not thanks to years of training with the keepers at the zoo.

With positive reinforcement in the form of carrots, apples, sweet potatoes and alfalfa cubes, the keepers are able to take care of Inge and her fellow rhinos without hurting the animals, or people, involved.

"I always encourage her with my voice.  She loves my voice inflection and her eyes pick it up," said Alisa Sandor, the lead animal keeper.

Keepers can also check the rhinos' skin, eyes and even their teeth!

Inge shares the rhino building with several others, including baby Juba!

The zoo's newest rhino will turn one in July.

For more information on how to plan your visit to the zoo to check out the rhinos and much more, CLICK HERE.


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