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 […]
Yorkshire Wildlife Park has welcomed a special arrival in a bid to save the critically endangered black rhino from the brink of extinction. As part of an ambitious international breeding programme, two-year-old female Najuma was transferred from a German zoo. When Najuma is old enough, she will be paired with three-year-old Makibo, who arrived at […]
Port Lympne Reserve, near Ashford in Kent, celebrated the arrival of an adorable baby black rhino on 5th January. The youngster, who is now three weeks old, is strong, healthy, playful and curious and becomes the fourth generation of black rhino to be born at the reserve. The male calf is the first offspring for mother […]
Persuading two black rhinos to stand still is the ultimate weigh-in challenge. But Hodari and Dayo, who tip the scales at 3,000lbs, were models of calm behaviour during the annual Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) animal audit. The playful pair, who arrived at the award-winning wildlife park this year, may weigh the same as a family estate […]
Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) is gearing up for another record-breaking season, with its largest ever collection of the world’s most rare and beautiful animals. New for 2017 are rare painted hunting puppies and the park’s latest arrivals, two endangered black rhinos. The wild hunting dog puppies, who were born in October, give hope that one […]
The eccentric millionaire Herbert Whitley founded Paignton Zoo in Devon in 1923 and today it is one of the UK’s leading zoos, an important conservation charity and a great family day out. Thousands of animals are housed in a range of different global habitats, from desert to rainforest, all set in an 80-acre park.
A two-horned rhinoceros with a prehensile upper lip, native to eastern and central Africa. Referred to as black, its colours actually vary from brown to grey. Classified as critically endangered.
In Kent, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is popular with visitors, and is run by the Aspinall Foundation along with Howletts Wild Animal Park. John Aspinall purchased Port Lympne in 1973 to support his growing animal collection, with it opening to the public in 1976.
John Aspinall purchased Howletts in 1957 to support his growing animal collection, with Howletts opening to the public in 1975. Aspinall ultimately believed that animals belonged in the wild and endeavoured to return them to safe areas where possible.
Chester Zoo is one of the top 15 zoos in the world. It was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead after he bought Oakfield Manor and seven acres of land for £3,500. With him, he brought a group of animals from a zoo at Shavington near Crewe – the first animals of Chester Zoo.