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Rare rhino leaves Yorkshire zoo for new life in Africa

Out of Africa - Olmoti, the rare rhino to be released into the wild Photo: Sam de Belle / Flamingo Land

A rare black Rhino has left Yorkshire to be released into the wild in Africa.

Olmoti has left her home at Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire for a new life in Rwanda, 6,000 miles away.

She will be released along with four other black rhinos from European zoos as part of an attempt to ensure the future of the endangered species.

She will spend three weeks in a small enclosure in the Akagera National Park before joining the existing rhino population.

Three-year-old rhino Olmoti when she was in Yorklshire with her keeper Hedd Angharad Credit: ITV Calendar

"This is a once in a lifetime event.

"Olmoti doesn't know it yet, but she is about to become one of the most important black rhino in Africa."

– Ross Snipp, Flamingo Land's zoo manager

Jes Gruner, from Akagera National Park, said: "This unique achievement represents the culmination of an unprecedented international effort to improve the survival prospects of a critically endangered rhino species.

"The new rhinos will bolster the founder group that we introduced in 2017, contributing to the re-establishment of a robust Eastern Black Rhino population in Rwanda."