Monthly Archives: December 2015

Black rhino intern details time with Coco

Ashley Briddell, the most recent Fossil Rim black rhino intern, provided an update on Coco the southern black rhino during her departing presentation Dec. 17. The rhino was dealing with some issues in its front feet, so staff members decided “rhino boots” could be a solution. Bootmaking began for Coco in 2009, but early pairs […]

AZA recognizes Fossil Rim with two awards

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center received great news in December to the tune of two awards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Fossil Rim was honored with the 2015 Quarter Century Award for 25 years of continuous accreditation. “I think it’s a significant achievement to maintain accreditation because you have to apply for it […]

Scimitar-horned oryx study aims to bolster reintroduction

With a species currently extinct in the wild ramping up for reintroduction to its native Chad next summer, there’s a lot on the line for the human parties involved. Several groups of scimitar-horned oryx (SHO) will be released over time and monitored by GPS radio collars. But first, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology […]

Fossil Rim delivers for Adopt-A-Family this Christmas

’Tis the season of giving, and Christmas generosity was in the air at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center for the benefit of a local family. Fossil Rim called upon the Somervell County Food Bank (SCFB) to select the family for the first annual Adopt-A-Family. It involved the collection of clothes, shoes, toys and funds to buy […]

Vet preceptee details neonatal foal care

When Rima Kharbush arrived at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, it marked her first opportunity to gain zoo or wildlife park experience as a student. Her previous practical knowledge had been gained working with small animals, so it was only appropriate to branch out. Thus, after six weeks at the facility the veterinary preceptee from the […]

Rhino1000 gathering steam to save a species

With the white rhinos of South Africa faced with the rapidly escalating threat of poaching at a rate of about four per day, likeminded locals and people across the Atlantic have decided to take action. The Rhino1000 initiative is in its infant stages after being floated as an idea by the South African software company […]

Somervell County Day can deliver the goods

One day each year, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center offers an amazing discount that benefits everyone. It was the place to be Dec. 5, as Somervell County Day meant free admission to the Scenic Wildlife Drive for local residents or employees who donated just two nonperishable food items with all proceeds going to the Somervell County […]