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Rhino returned to wild in Africa from UK park gives birth to calf

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A critically endangered rhino who was given the royal seal of approval before being released back into the wild has given birth to a healthy baby calf.

Grumeti, who was born at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, was visited by the Duke of Cambridge in 2012 before her journey to her native Tanzania.

After three years in the wild, the eastern black rhino gave birth to baby Mobo three weeks ago – bringing hope for the survival of the species in their native homelands.

Grumeti was moved to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro by conservation charity The Aspinall Foundation as part of its mission to return captive-bred animals to their natural breeding grounds.

She was flown out to Tanzania by DHL in an adapted Boeing 757 with two other rhinos from Port Lympne – Zawadi and Monduli in December 2012.

Port Lympne’s owner Damian Aspinall told the Press Association at the time that the idea of breeding the animals and keeping them in zoos for the rest of their lives made “no sense”.

“To breed these animals in captivity, the end game has to be to return them home,” he said.

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