Rhinoceros Husbandry Manual
Dierenfeld, E.S. (1996) Nutrition. In: Rhinoceros SSP Husbandry Manual. Fort Worth Zoological Park, Fort Worth, Texas
It is believed that many of the health problems identified in captive rhinos may be linked to
nutritional factors. Rhinos consume a large number of plants with a diverse array of physical characteristics and nutrients. They represent a range of feeding strategies and consequently diet, from browsers (or selective feeders) to unselective grazers. Captive diets may include possible imbalances in some species in dietary fats (particularly essential fatty acids) and soluble and insoluble carbohydrates, as well as minerals and vitamins. This chapter outlines current dietary information for maintaining rhinos in captivity and includes a section on hand rearing.