Brevard County

Brevard Zoo reopens Rhino Encounter 3 years after 2-year-old girl stumbled into exhibit

MELBOURNE, Fla. — The Brevard Zoo is bringing back its Rhino Encounter experience, more than three years after a toddler was injured.

The zoo said guests will be able to get up close and personal with the rhinos a few days a week.

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Visitors will have to be at least seven years old to participate.

Photos: Brevard Zoo Rhino Encounter

In 2019, a two-year-old girl was injured when she slipped through the bars of the exhibiAfter the accident, the girl was taken to a hospital for treatment. Her mother was also taken to a hospital for an arm injury.

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The zoo said the girl was retrieved in a matter of seconds. The girl had a small abrasion on her face, officials said.

The experience has been closed since the incident for improvements to avoid future injuries.

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In addition to changing the age requirement, the zoo also made some other safety changes, including adding netting around the steel bars of the enclosure.

More information about the Brevard Zoo Rhino Encounter can be found here.

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