Welcome Tswane, a beautiful Southern white rhino
We're very excited to welcome 'Tswane' a Southern white rhino who will join Graham, Dot a Bruce as part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme. The transfer, assuming she will breed successfully with Graham, is to increase genetic diversity within the captive insurance population.
Pic: keeper Graeme gets first glimpse of Tswane as she backs out of the transport crate.
We've had great success breeding from Dot (15) and Graham(15), Bruce is their forth and most recent calf born in October last year. It is hoped that Graham will cover both females, but with a gestation period of 16 months, it will be at least two years before the eagerly anticipated patter of tiny rhino feet can be heard.
We'll also be saying farewell to Lucy, a 13yr old female bred at West Midland Safari Park. Lucy has been at Blair Drummond for the past 3 years, in that time she has failed to show any interest in Graham and is therefore being swapped with the same collection (Zoo d'Amnéville) in France to see if she will breed with a different rhino stud.