Baby Rhinos Enjoy the Spring at Knowsley Safari Park

By on Thursday, May 9, 2013

prescot_knowsley_safari_park_baby_rhino(Press Release: Knowsley Safari Park)

Following the harsh winter months, Knowsley Safari’s trio of adorable rhino calves Njiri, Thabo and Nonu are set to make the most of the warmer spring weather, as they explore their 100 acre enclosure.

The three babies were born in the depths of winter to the same dad, 18-year-old bull Shaka but different females Piglet, Winnie and Meru, and keepers have been waiting for the arrival of the warmer weather before they could safely encourage them to head off and explore the grounds.

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At six-months old, they could already weigh a whopping 75 stone between them, Njiri, Thabo and Nonu were bestowed with names that celebrate their bloodlines.

The latest calves are the 12th, 13th and 14th rhino calves to be born at Knowsley Safari in the last decade as part of their extensive breeding programme which is managed in association with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria’s (EAZA) European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). Knowsley Safari is particularly excited about these births as they will bring much needed diversity to the captive gene pool and will ultimately help to bolster the captive rhino population – important should they ever become extinct in the wild.

It is estimated that over 146 rhinos have been killed for their horns so far this year, so as part of their conservation work, Knowsley Safari has pledged to fund the important work done by the Lowveld Rhino Trust (LRT). The LRT are a conservation organisation operating primarily in Zimbabwe to help reduce poaching and increase the chances of the long-term survival of rhinos, one of Africa’s ‘big five’.

Eveline De Wolf, Head of Animal Division at Knowsley Safari comments: “The trio of calves are extremely mischievous, they love to run circles around their mums, so we’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the warmer weather to see them fully interact with their new surroundings and the rest of the crash.

“Visitors can expect to see the calves close to their protective mummies for a while yet, but as rhinos can reach up to 35mph at full speed, they are sure to be keeping their crash extremely busy.”

The 550-acre Safari Reserve boasts a collection of more than 700 animals, promising a full fun day out for all of the family.

For more information please visit www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk.

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