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The annual National Zookeeper Week, which starts on the third Sunday of July, runs from July 15 – 21, 2018. Angie Snowie, a zookeeper with the Indo-Malaya section of the Metro Toronto Zoo since 2009, has been working with the greater one-horned rhinos since 2012. The Zoo's exhibit includes Ashakiran, and her six-month-old calf Kiran. Asked what it was like working with the greater one-horned rhinoceros, Angie replies, "In one word; AMAZING! It's a lot of work. They are large animals that eat a lot, require a lot of cleaning and care, but when we conduct official training sessions with them one-on-one, or spend time interacting with them, they are tactile animals that enjoy touch. It makes everything worthwhile."

Angie Snowie, a zoo keeper with the Indo-Malaya section of the Metro Toronto Zoo, heads out to work with Vishnu, a Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros.

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Angie Snowie, works with Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros, 13-year-old Ashakiran, and her six-months-old, calf Kiran.

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Angie Snowie, works with Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros, 13-year-old Ashakiran, and her six-months-old, calf Kiran.

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Angie Snowie, a zoo keeper with the Indo-Malaya section of the Metro Toronto Zoo, uses a long handled brush as a reward to stroke the skin of Vishnu, a fourteen-year-old Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros.

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Angie Snowie, a zoo keeper with the Indo-Malaya section of the Metro Toronto Zoo, uses a long handled brush as a reward to stroke the skin of Vishnu, a fourteen-year-old Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros.

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Angie Snowie, a zoo keeper with the Indo-Malaya section of the Metro Toronto Zoo, hand-feeds Vishnu, a fourteen-year-old Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros.

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