Rhino Release Anniversary Celebrations

Mon, 10/06/2013 - 11:00am

Visitors to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, near Ashford and Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury are invited to join the Education Teams as they celebrate the one year anniversary of three black rhinos’ journey from Port Lympne back to a protected reserve in Africa.

Throughout the weekend of the 15th and 16th June 2013 – exactly a year to the day, visitors to the wild animal parks can be swept up in rhino fever to mark the epic event. 

Education Supervisor, Mark Kingston Jones said: ‘This is a really important anniversary for us and so to celebrate we will be holding fun competitions to win a rhino encounter, lively rhino talks and feeds and visitors can even make their own rhino horn masks to wear around the park.’

The weekend events will take place at both parks, a highlight of which will be the rhino horn hoopla competition.  Entrants will need to have a good aim as they will be throwing different sized hoops over a wooden rhino horn. The hoops will vary in size – the smaller the size the more points are available.  Players will go on to a leader board and the winner will be contacted during the day of their visit to enjoy an unforgettable rhino encounter at 3.30pm.

Animal Director for Port Lympne, Adrian Harland commented: ‘The three black rhino – Grumeti, Monduli and Zawadi are doing really well back in Africa.  It didn’t take them long to get used to life in the wild and they enjoy regular dust baths, browse from the trees and just being where they should be.’

The rhino hit the headlines last year when HRH Prince William paid them a visit at Port Lympne, before their departure to Africa. More recently the parks also attracted attention from the media when it was announced that poachers had the park’s rhino in their sights.  Port Lympne and Howletts are collectively home to the largest herd of black rhino in Europe.