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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : May 2001 : Baby white rhino park's newest arrival

Baby white rhino park's newest arrival

Birmingham Evening Mail
May 15, 2001

Visitors to the West Midland Safari & Leisure Park in Bewdley this season will be able to see the park's newest arrival - a baby white rhino.

Baby Hope, weighing in at 150lbs, was born in March and he and his mum Tootsie are doing very well.

Everyone at the park was very excited at his arrival as they have been waiting for 30 years for such a happy event. Hope's father, Sharka, is never far away either. The park now has five adult white rhinoceros and look forward to another baby being born in the future.

Hope came into the world totally unaware of the foot and mouth epidemic that has caused so much chaos in the country for the last few months. But one resident who did give a helping 'hand' was eight-year-old African elephant Jack. His keeper Mike Dodson sent a trunk call for assistance when his jeep broke down in the animal reserve. Normally, that wouldn't be a problem but, with the foot and mouth restrictions, it meant only disinfected vehicles could enter. So Jack saved the day by towing the jeep away on a rope!

Visitors to the safari park have been bussed around the animal reserves in specially disinfected coaches, but they may be able to drive their own cars through again very soon. All the park's great attractions are still there, with the one exception of Pets Corner - the pigs, ponies and llamas have been put in the animal reserve for the season.

However, there's still loads to see and do at the 200-acre park, including the drive-thru safari - with Tiger World and African Elephant Reserve - Reptile House and Reptile Encounters, Seal Aquarium, Sealion Show and family rides and attractions.

To celebrate the new season, we're giving away ten family tickets to the West Midland Safari & Leisure Park in today's competition! To enter, just tell us the name of the new baby rhino. Write your answer on a postcard or back of a sealed envelope and send, with your name, age, address, telephone number and Chipper number to this address: CHIPPER SAFARI PARK COMPETITION, Birmingham Evening Mail Promotions Dept, 28 Colmore Circus, Queensway, B4 6AX.

The winners will be the senders of the first ten correct entries drawn after the closing date of Thursday May 15.

The safari park is open seven days a week, from 10am, until October 28. Admission is pounds 5.95 each (children under 4 are free). Optional all-day multi-ride wristbands cost pounds 7, with cheaper height-restricted and ride restricted wristbands.

The usual Mail children's competition rules apply.



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