WATCH: Newborn white rhino at Cotswold Wildlife Park named Queenie to mark Platinum Jubilee
A newborn white rhino at the Cotswold Wildlife Park has been named Queenie to mark the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee year.
The park shared videos of Queenie shortly after being born and leaping into a pen after being released from a pen for the first time.
Photographs and images also show the calf, named for the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s service to the throne, examining a rock and running around its mother’s feet.
Visitors can see the baby rhino in the park‘s rhino enclosure and solar-powered rhino house.
The Queen’s grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, is also patron of the conservation charity Tusk Trust, which works with Cotswold Wildlife Park to protect endangered African species.
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Chief executive Reggie Heyworth said Queenie was the fifth female baby rhino to be born in a row and the latest in a series of animals to be named after members of the royal family.
Mr Heyworth said: “All the rhinos here are named after very special people and I think everyone agrees that 2022 will always be special because of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.
“I thought it might be a little presumptuous to name our new baby Elizabeth, so I named her Queenie instead.
“I think it’s a perfect name for a young female rhino.”
A Bactrian camel in the park, a species considered one of the world’s rarest large mammals, was also named Louis after the Queen’s great-grandson as he was born on the same day.
Louis the camel will soon become a dad and his little ones will be the first to be born in the park since 2018.
White rhinos were also on the brink of extinction in the early 1900s, with only 20-50 remaining in their African homeland.
But after years of protection, they are now the most common of the five rhino species, the park said.
Queenie is the newest addition to the park’s white rhino family, which is the largest rhino species and native to southern Africa, and is believed to be the first white rhino to be born in a UK zoo this year.
Births of the species in captivity are considered extremely rare with just five white rhinos born in the UK in the past year and 12 in European zoos, the park said.
Black, Javanese and Sumatran rhino species are critically endangered, while the Sumatran rhino is presumed extinct in the wild in Malaysia, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).