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Rhino Encounters

Thank you to all of our 2018 rhino encounter participants. Rhino encounters will resume in spring of 2019.

Want to meet Southwick’s Zoo’s white rhinos, Thelma and Louise, up close and personal? Then you need to schedule a Rhino Encounter today! When you participate in a Rhino Encounter, you get to learn all about Rhinoceros conservation and the current Rhino Poaching crisis. A staff member will educate you and escort you through the experience with our very own white Rhinos, Thelma and Louise! We promise this is an hour of your life that you will never forget.

What is the goal of rhino encounters?

We are working with Southwick’s Zoo to give zoo visitors a unique way to learn more about rhino conservation. We hope that after your up close and personal experience with Thelma and Louise that you are inspired to continue supporting rhino conservation by spreading awareness of the rhino poaching crisis and encouraging others to become conservation supporters!

All proceeds from rhino encounters support rhinoceros conservation. In 2016, we raised $15,120 through encounters, and 100% of the proceeds were donated to Project Rhino KZN. Funds donated to Project Rhino KZN are used for anti-poaching and rhino conservation strategies, including ranger training, equipment & resources for game reserves, community education programs, informant funding, legislation & lobbying, and other initiatives



Rhino Encounter participants must be at least 12 years of age. Those under 18 must also be accompanied by a paid adult.

Spots are limited and must be reserved online at least 24 hours in advance.

Zoo passes, coupons, discounts, or other offers cannot be applied to the price of rhino encounters.

Cost of encounter includes general admission to Southwick’s Zoo for the day

Only registered and paid rhino encounter participants are allowed into the encounter area.

We suggest wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. We DO NOT recommend wearing flip flops or sandals.


Non-members: $119 (+ $7.04 processing fee)

EARTH Ltd. Member: $99 (+ $7.04 processing fee)

Note to members: To receive your member discount, click “enter promotional code” when you register. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith’s code would be SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name, Jane Doe’s code would be DOEJA.



Want to remember this day forever? Participants can purchase T-Shirts at the EARTH Ltd. Discovery Center the day of their encounter. T-Shirts are $25/each and available in ladies’ and men’s sizing.



If you need to cancel your encounter, we require at least 1 week’s notice for full refund. If you need to reschedule to another date, please contact us at least 1 week in advance with a new desired date. We cannot reschedule encounters to a date that does not have an appropriate number of openings remaining, so please check the list of dates on the registration page first.

If poor weather is predicted for the day of your encounter, you may reschedule to another date. In this case, please try to contact us with a new date as early as possible to reschedule.

Located at Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick’s Street

Mendon, MA 01756



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