Are rhinos on way to Yorkshire Wildlife park?

Ten day old black rhino calf Embu, the third to be born at Chester Zoo in the past ten months, takes his first steps outside with mother Zuri. Pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Ten day old black rhino calf Embu, the third to be born at Chester Zoo in the past ten months, takes his first steps outside with mother Zuri. Pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Some of the world’s most endangered animals could become the latest addition at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

An application requesting permission to build two enclosures to hold the critically endangered black rhino at the Branton park has now been submitted to Doncaster Council.

If successful, the plans could see two enclosures spanning 36.2 by 16.6 and 24.9 by 16.4 square metres built.

A wildlife park spokesman confirmed the application had been submitted, but said there were no firm plans in place to bring black rhinos to the borough.

There are thought to be fewer than 650 eastern black rhinos left in the wild and just 66 in zoos across Europe.

Should the park go ahead with the plans, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be only the seventh zoo in the UK to hold this endangered species. The application is currently pending consideration.

Nissan the Polar Bear is the newest member at the park, arriving earlier this month.

The 22-month-old is making the most of his new home after he travelled 1,000 miles to Yorkshire from Russia.

There are also the endangered Amur leopard and tiger cubs – a significant step forward in the conservation of two of the world’s most endangered animals.

YWP brings visitors almost face-to-face with some of the planet’s most beautiful and rare species.

The park, which is one of the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative attractions, boasts a unique collection of animals including meerkats, giraffes, zebras, squirrel monkeys, marmosets, camels and more.

* For more information on the Yorkshire Wildlife Park visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park

To track the rhino enclosure planning application, visit Planning Doncaster