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Rhinos fetch more than £100,000 at auction

Rhino sculptures
Rhinos assembled before charity auction in Southampton

Thirty-six brightly coloured rhinos have been sold at auction for a grand total of £124,700. The sculptures, which have been on display around Southampton and at Marwell Zoo, raised between two and four thousand pounds each.

The money will go to three charities - Marwell Wildlife, The Rose Road Association & Wessex Heartbeat’s High 5 Appeal.

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Horned beast arrives at park

Asani the black rhino has safely arrived at Port Lympne Wildlife Park Credit: Aspinall Foundation

Keepers at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent had a special delivery recently when they welcomed Asani, a four year old black rhino to his new home. Asani travelled by road, in a journey lasting 8 hours, to arrive at his new home just outside Ashford.

Animal director Adrian Harland said: "Asani is settling in very well to his new home – he’s a very good looking rhino and I’m sure he will be popular with our female rhinos. He’s quite feisty, as a black rhino should be, so hopefully they won’t boss him around too much."

Endangered rhinos returned to the wild

Grumeti the rare black rhino Credit: The Aspinall Foundation

Three critically endangered black rhino from Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent have been relocated to the wild.

The two females named Grumeti and Zawadi and one male named Monduli attracted royal attention when Prince William, the Royal Patron of Tusk Trust, paid a private visit recently.

The three rhinos were flown from Manston airport to a refuelling stop in Bergamo, Italy, and then on to Kilimanjaro National Airport in Tanzania.

Eastern black rhino are the rarest of the three remaining rhino subspecies left in Africa.

Adrian Harland, animal director said: "Our dedicated keepers have been working closely with Monduli, Grumeti and Zawadi over the last few months, preparing them for life in Tanzania.

"Their diet has been altered and the keepers have been with them every day using a lot of contact techniques in order to reassure them during the flight and at their new home. I’m delighted that the move went so smoothly and I have to thank everyone involved for making this operation successful."

Police release CCTV

Police have released CCTV of three men they wish to speak to after stuffed rhinos had their horns ripped off by thieves hoping to cash in on the lucrative trade in wild animal parts.

Staff at the Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park in Birchington had replaced the valuable horns with fakes, which were hacked off the exhibits by the thieves.

They replaced the horns with fakes after rare black rhino horn was stolen from Drusilla's Wildlife Park in Sussex last year.

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