Rhino, a rhinoceros iguana who lived for more than 25 years at the Australia Zoo, has died. Bindi Irwin, who mother Teri, brother Robert and paid trib
Rhino, a rhinoceros iguana who lived for more than 25 years at the Australia Zoo, has died. Bindi Irwin, who mother Teri, brother Robert and paid tribute to the lizard in a video that the family shared on social media.
‘It is with a very heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to Rhino, but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be able to share him one last time with you guys,’ Bindi said in the tribute. “And I don’t know why it makes me sad! It’s really hard, like saying goodbye to a family member.” Said her brother Robert, “His quality of life was 100% every day. He lived a brilliant life every single day and that’s what you hold onto.”
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Rhino was listed in the 2019 Guinness World Records as the oldest rhinoceros iguana. Rhino was born February 23, 1980 at the Taronga Zoo in Australia and came to the Australia Zoo in 1993.
Rhinoceros iguanas (Cyclura cornuta) are native to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The large lizard is of the genus Cyclura and is listed as endangered by the IUCN. The species is so named due to the horn that it has projecting from its snout. They are from 24 to 54 inches in length with their skin coloration rating from grey to dark green, to brown. Primarily herbivorous, they feed on leaves, flowers, berries and fruits. they have been observed eating small lizards, snakes and insects. It is estimated that there are 10,000 to 16,000 iguanas left in the wild.