Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire will welcome a female Eastern black rhinoceros later this month, followed by a male companion shortly after.
Visitors will be able to visit the pair – part of an important European breeding programme for the critically endangered species – during the Easter Holidays.
The black rhino was once the most common of all the rhino species. However, due to illegal hunting and the demand for rhino horn increasing, the Western black rhino was declared extinct in 2011 by the IUCN Red List.
The Eastern black rhino has suffered a 98% reduction in the 20th century, but thanks to conservation efforts, the rhino population is increasing with numbers rising from less than 2500 to approximately 5,458 today.
Karen Clarke, Chief Operating Officer at Twycross Zoo, said: “The story of the black rhino is quite incredible and we are honoured to be part of a breeding programme which is helping to grow their population. The fact that Eastern black rhino numbers are now growing is testament to conservation experts all around the world and we are dedicated to continuing this hard work.
“We are currently preparing the new habitat ready for the arrival and we’re very excited for all our visitors who will get to see rhinos from this Easter.”
For more information, visit: www.twycrosszoo.org