SOUTH BEND — Staff at the Potawatomi Zoo announced recently that their southern white rhino, Masamba, has settled in at the zoo. In a Facebook post, zoo officials write that the 3-year-old rhino came from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. He arrived in early October, but the Animal Care staff took several days to help him acclimate to his new surroundings and routine before he was given access to his habitat. "Masamba now has regular access to his new habitat between the okapi and Sichuan takin, as well as his indoor space behind-the-scenes," zoo officials posted. "He will be out in the public view as weather allows and as he chooses. The choice is very important to help him feel comfortable in his new home. "This move came from a recommendation by the Southern White Rhinoceros Species Survival Plan, a program that oversees population management of specific species within Association of Zoos and Aquariums member institutions and to enhance conservation of each species in the wild," zoo officials write, adding, "As an ambassador for his species, Masamba will help us educate visitors about rhino conservation and the ecosystems they call home." The zoo is open daily through Dec. 1. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last admission at 4:30 p.m. The zoo will be closed Thanksgiving day, Nov. 28. Regular admission is $10 for adults and children ages 15-61; $8 for children ages 3-14 and adults 62 and older; and free for zoo members and children 2 years and younger. For more information about the zoo, go online to