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Rhino Week at West Midland Safari Park

West Midland Safari Park will be hosting a range of events during half term week to raise awareness and funds for Save the Rhino International.

The park’s own Rhino Week runs from 28 May until 5 June and will promote the plight of these magnificent animals while also highlighting the work the park does to aid the conservation of rhinos around the world. Up to 95% of the world’s rhino population has already been lost, due mainly to poaching for their horns and habitat loss, making action vital in protecting the rhinos that remain.

Staff at the park had reason to celebrate in March however, when they welcomed the first baby white rhino to be born at West Midland since 2005. The male calf was born to first time mother Ailsa after a 16 month pregnancy and will stay by her side for the next two years. Southern white rhinos are considered a conservation success story with this particular subspecies being the most common of all the world’s rhinos.

Activities on offer during Rhino Week include becoming a ‘rhino ranger’ for the day, with patrols around the Discovery trail and learning about rhinos as you go. There will also be rhino-themed arts and crafts, the chance to meet ‘Ekozu’ the baby rhino costume character and competitions to win some amazing money-can’t-buy experiences.

In honour of Rhino Week the park is also hosting a public evening event on Friday 9 June, where guests will hear from Josephine Gibson from Save the Rhino International. Refreshments will be included and after the talk, guests will get a tour around the Indian rhino house, where they will get to meet the residents!  Tickets are £30 per person and must be booked in advance by contacting learning@wmsp.co.uk (ages 6+)

All the proceeds from Rhino Week will go directly to SRI and will support the Save the Rhino Trust for projects in both Africa and Asia. To find out more, visit www.savetherhino.org.

Rhino Week activities are included in the ticket price to visit West Midland Safari Park. For further information go to www.wmsp.co.uk

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