New Species Moves into Port Lympne

Port Lympne Reserve, Kent’s largest wild animal park near Ashford, has welcomed a variety of new species in the latter part of 2017, including latest arrivals, two rhea birds. The pair can now be seen on the Reserve’s South American Experience, part of the free safari truck route.

Simon Jeffery, Animal Director said: ‘Rhea are part of the ratite family of flightless birds, which also includes ostrich and emu.  They are large birds with grey-brown plumage, long legs, and long necks and can reach just over 5 feet in height, and weigh up to 88 pounds. Rhea spread their wings whilst running to act like sails and they only have three toes.’

The new arrivals at the popular visitor attraction have taken the total number of animals at the Reserve to 767 individuals across 92 species and it is hoped that many will go on to contribute to captive breeding programmes as they continue to grow.

Simon added: ‘We’re all really excited to welcome new species to the Reserve, not only is it great for us to work with new animals but it also ensures that our visitors, guests and supporters have even more to discover during their days exploring the 600-acre wild animal park.’

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