OKC Zoo reports death of Indian rhino Chandra

Chandra Indian rhino was found dead in his habitat at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Friday, September 28, 2018. Chandra was 33 years old. Photo Credit: Andrea Johnson, phot provided by the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The Oklahoma City Zoo says the Indian rhino Chandra has died, he was 33 years old.

Chandra was outside his habitat on Friday morning grazing and appeared to be in good health. He was found dead in his habitat's yard about 1 p.m that same day. Zoo officials report the rhino had regular wellness checks and an animal autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

"Chandra was an amazing animal and ambassador for his species who connected not only with his caretakers but generations of OKC Zoo guests, and he will be missed," said Nick Newby, OKC Zoo's assistant curator of large mammals. "We are dedicated to providing the best care and welfare possible to the animals entrusted to us and unfortunately death is part of this process."

A release from the zoo says Chandra arrived in Oklahoma City from the Los Angeles Zoo in 1990 and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums reports the life expectancy of Indian rhinos is 30.4 years.

Chandra's mate, Niki, will continue to be on view in the 5-acre habitat at Sanctuary Asia.

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