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06/12/2016

News release - Issued by Flamingo Land Resort

Flamingo Land Welcomes another Black Rhino

Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire, proud of its commitment to worldwide animal conservation, has welcomed a third black rhino to its Selous Reserve.

Chanua, a four year old black rhino, has been transferred from Chester Zoo, where she was born in October 2012 to father Magadi and Mother Ema Elsa.

“Chanua forms part of our ongoing commitment to the conservation of the black rhino species, not just at Flamingo Land but as part of the global programme and it is a delight to welcome her to the park,” said Ross Snipp MSc Zoo Manager. “She joins our other black rhinos Samira and Olmoti and in due course it is hoped that she will form part of a breeding programme at the zoo.”

Flamingo Land opened its Selous Black Rhino Reserve in 2015 to aid efforts in the global breeding and conservation programme. It is the only animal collection in the UK to have both black and white rhinos and both species are part of the European Endangered species Program (EEP) which aims to safeguard the future of species through co-operative breeding.

“The black rhino is critically endangered in the wild and its population numbers have declined by 90% since the 1960’s,” said Ross. “We work closely with other wildlife partners in Europe, such as the team at Chester Zoo, to ensure the long term future of the species and also ensure the genetic pool remains as varied as possible.”

Development of the Selous Black Rhino Reserve involved background research by the Flamingo Land zoo team and features an extensive, naturally sympathetic, multi-terrain environment, a large centrally heated rhino house and a high-level public access platform, allowing visitors to enjoy great views both inside and out.

Chanua can be seen in the Reserve during the winter daily from 26th November onwards - zoo opening details can be found by visiting our website.