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White rhinos arrive at animal park
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The white rhinos will be in a new African paddock at the park
Two endangered female white rhinos have arrived at a Cumbrian wildlife park as part of a unique breading programme.

The arrival of the pair from a reserve in South Africa marks the start of a ground-breaking experiment by the South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness.

The three-year-old rhinos, which both weigh in at more than one stone each, have been flown out from a breeding reserve in South Africa.

They were chosen by park owner David Gill on a recent trip to Durban.

The animals were joining the park's two existing male rhinos Mazungo and Huubke.

It is hoped the animals may breed in the near future.

The rhinos will join baboons and giraffes in a new African paddock at the park.

Mr Gill said: "We have a nine-strong group of Hamadryads Baboons including the very large male leader, called Yorik and a new baby born 12 September.

"They are joining our white rhinos and six giraffes in our African paddock.

"We believe this is the first time this combination has been tried in any zoo."

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