Max (rhinoceros)

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Max in 2012. Photo by Mark Almond/Birmingham News

Max (born April 21, 1999) is a male southern white rhinoceros on exhibit at the Birmingham Zoo.

Max arrived at the zoo in October 2012 from the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida to join females Laptop and Ajabu in the zoo's Trails of Africa exhibit. He was considered a potential mate for the females as part of the Species Survival Plan, a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help conserve rhinos and other animals.

Max, Laptop, and Ajabu were transferred together in December 2021 to join a larger herd kept at Brad Kelley's Center for the Conservation of Tropical Ungulates in Punta Gorda, Florida, where their chances for successful breeding would improve. In 2022 all three were loaned to Texas Christian University's African Rhino Protection Initiative in Colleyville, Texas.


  • Rodriguez, Ana (October 31, 2012) "Birmingham Zoo welcomes new resident Max, a 13-year-old White Rhino." The Birmingham News
  • "Birmingham Zoo’s 3 white rhinos moved to private facility." (December 13, 2021)