Jonnie Capiro

Blogger Profile: Jonnie Capiro

Jonnie Capiro has been a keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for a little over a year, caring for giraffes, antelope, wild cattle, deer, and her favorites—greater one-horned rhinos and white rhinos. She relocated here from the East Coast, where she worked as a keeper and concurrently pursued a master’s degree at George Mason University, which she is very close to completing. Her thesis examined the effects of different management scenarios on hormones and behavior in the greater one-horned rhino. Jonnie conducted her research at the Wilds in Ohio, which is a conservation facility much like the Safari Park. During her experiences as a keeper, she’s grown to appreciate training as a tool for enhanced animal care. Jonnie has trained rhinos, zebras, herds of hoofed animals, big cats, and elephants. Her favorite animals to train are the ones labeled as “too difficult to work with.” She loves a challenge! If you head out on a Caravan Safari at the Park, you might find Jonnie searching for babies among the rocky terrain, training a bunch of feisty rhinos from the back of the feed truck, or experiencing something adventurous for her next blog!
Cinco de Rhino

Cinco de Rhino

Although the International Rhino Foundation has been celebrating Cinco de Rhino for four years, this was the first year we hosted a celebration. There were friends, food, drinks, and prizes, and all of the proceeds directly support Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) in South Africa!   read more

Rhino Calf Makes Debut

Rhino Calf Makes Debut

Two months after the birth of Charlees, our greater one-horned rhino, we were almost ready to let her explore the exhibit with her first-time mother, Alta.   read more

Preparing for a Rhino Birth

Preparing for a Rhino Birth

On January 20, 2012, a female greater one-horned rhino female was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Exciting news! But let me tell you how we prepared the first-time mother, Alta, for the birth.   read more

Ready for a Rhino Relationship

Ready for a Rhino Relationship

Long-distance relationships can be difficult for anyone—there’s the late night phone calls, conflicting schedules, and rare occasions to actually get to spend time together. But consider what it would be like as a rhinoceros in a long-distance relationship…impossible!   read more

Collecting Rhino Treasures: Poop!

Collecting Rhino Treasures: Poop!

What’s the equivalent of having a case of the “Mondays” as a zookeeper? How about accidentally throwing poop out of the truck window and being disappointed about it?   read more