New Rhino Encounter Opens at Gulf Breeze Zoo

May 05, 2023

New Rhino Encounter Opens at Gulf Breeze Zoo

Gulf Breeze, Fla. (May 5, 2023) - The Gulf Breeze Zoo is celebrating Cinco de Rhino with a new Indian Rhino Encounter. Now guests have the opportunity to meet Soman, a rare male Greater One-horned Rhino, also known as an Indian Rhino.

The approximately 20-minute session allows a limited number of participants to spend time with one of his keepers alongside his habitat. There you will learn about how the zoo cares for our rhinos, get a closer look at the beautiful “armor-plated” appearance that the Greater One-horned Rhino is known for, and enjoy a unique photo opportunity.

Greater One-horned rhinos are listed as vulnerable with the threat of extinction. The species has recovered from fewer than 200 in the past century to approximately 4,000 in the wild today.

Encounter Details

  • When: Daily, beginning May 5
  • Time: 3 p.m., weather permitting
  • Cost: $40 per person

Space is limited to 10 participants. Participants must be at least eight years old, and an adult must accompany children between ages 8 and 12. Reservations can be made online.

About Gulf Breeze Zoo

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is one of four zoological facilities operated by the Zoofari Parks Corporation, working in conjunction with the Alabama Safari Park, the Virginia Safari Park, and the Texas Zoofari Park to provide aid to more than 135 countries around the world.

The Gulf Coast Area’s award-winning Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to more than 1200 exotic animals, many of them threatened and endangered. The Gulf Breeze Zoo is privately owned and receives no state or federal tax support. Through admissions and animal encounters, each guest contributes to the conservation programs.

The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98. Visit for event updates, seasonal hours, and more.