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!
Rhinos: Sounds of Romance

Rhinos: Sounds of Romance

I just finished the morning routine and parked my feed truck to watch the Indian gaur amble across the Asian Plains field exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park,[…..]

A Crash of Rhino…Keepers!

A Crash of Rhino…Keepers!

I had front row seats to the biggest event of the year; the lights were dimmed and the opening act was ready to take the stage. The host greeted the[…..]