901:1-2-06 Family - hypopotamidae, elephantidae, rhinocerotidae, bovidae (cape buffalo only).

(A) Enclosures:

(1) Shall be constructed of steel bars, masonry block, rock wall or equivalent.

(2) Vertical posts must not be more than sixteen feet apart with horizontal cables not morethan twelve inches apart, or vertical post with no cables not more than twelve inches apart. If wooden posts are used they must be a minimum of twelve inches in diameter and not be treated with creosote.

(B) Family - hypopotamidae

(1) For one animal, a minimum primary enclosure of one thousand two hundred square feet, five feet high, for each additional animal, increase the primary enclosure area by six hundred square feet;

(2) A Nile hippopotamus shall be provided with a pool of water four hundred square feet, five feet deep, equipped with a ramp or steps. For each additonal animal, increase the pool surface area by two hundred square feet; and

(3) A Pygmy hippopotamus shall be provided with a pool of water one hundred twenty square feet, five feet deep, equipped with a ramp or steps. For each additional animal, increase the pool surface area by sixty square feet; and

(4) Access to a shelter shall be provided.

(C) Family - elephantidae

(1) Primary enclosures shall have a twenty-five foot high ceiling for an indoor enclosure, or an outdoor enclosure with access to a shelter, and

(a) For one female a minimum primary enclosure of two thousand square feet, for each additional animal, increase the primary enclosure area by one thousand square feet;

(b) For one male a minimum primary enclosure of four thousand square feet; for each additional animal, increase the primary enclosure area by two thousand square feet; and,

(c) For one female with a calf a minimum primary enclosure of four thousand square feet, for each additional animal, increase the primary enclosure area by two thousand square feet.

(2) Elephants which are tethered within such enclosure shall be provided with a daily unrestrained movement period.

(D) Family - rhinocerotidae.

(1) For one animal, a minimum primary enclosure of one thousand five hundred square feet, eight feet high. For each additional animal, increase the primary enclosure area by seven hundred fifty square feet; and

(2) Access to a shelter shall be provided.

(E) Family - bovidae; common name: Cape buffalo

(1) For one animal, a minimum primary enclosure a minimum of seven hundred square feet and eight feet high, and for each additional animal, increase the primary enclosure area by three hundred fifty square feet;

(2) Primary enclosure may use chain link, but it shall be 4 gauge or equivalent.

(3) Must have access to a water source for swimming and/or mud wallowing.

Effective: 02/25/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/25/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 935.17
Rule Amplifies: 935.04 , 935.17