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New home for Blair Drummond's white rhino

Mazumba
White rhino Mazumba was moved from Blair Drummond Safari Park

An African white rhino born at Blair Drummond Safari Park has become part of a Europe-wide project to save the threatened animal from extinction.

Three-year-old Mazumba is being moved from her Stirling home to a park at Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands where it is hoped she will find a new mate.

Those behind the plan hope the move will widen the species' gene pool and boost population numbers.

There are only about 14,500 southern white rhino left in the world.

Staff at Blair Drummond said the logistics of moving the one-tonne rhino presented a challenge.

In the end, Mazumba was loaded into a crate to begin her a 20-hour journey to Beekse Bergen.

Mazumba
Three-year-old Mazumba is being moved to a zoo in the Netherlands

Keepers spent a week tempting the rhino into the empty crate to get her used to the space before her move.

She left the park in a lorry bound for Newcastle on Thursday where she caught the overnight ferry to Holland.

Safari Park manager Gary Gilmour said: "Everything went smoothly, with Maz walking straight into the crate.

"She was very calm all through the operation and didn't bat an eyelid when she was lifted with the crane onto the back of the truck."

Mazumba was one of a group of six rhinos, including her mother Dorothy and father Graham, at Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Her younger sister Ailsa hit the headlines when her birth was spotted by an eagle-eyed rhino fan from Cyprus on Blair Drummond's rhino webcam.



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