The Kent Safari Park is the first in Europe where visitors can encounter and even feed three species of rhino in a single visit.

Port Lympne Reserve near Hythe welcomed an Indian rhino, a five-year-old male called Orys, into its collection last month.

Orys joins the southern white and eastern black rhinos already in residence at the park, meaning the reserve is now home to 17 rhinos from three of the five rhino species.

The Indian rhino was transferred from Basel Zoo to Switzerland, making the 500-mile journey to Kent with specialist wildlife carriers Crossborder Animal Services.

Orys is the new Indian rhino at Port Lympne Game Reserve in Kent / Port Lympne Reserve

Simon Jeffery, Animal Manager at Port Lympne, said: “Our caretakers have worked hard to ensure Orys’ arrival goes very smoothly, and he has already won everyone’s hearts.

“He was incredibly calm during the move, settled in incredibly quickly and is already in the paddock passionately exploring his new surroundings.”

Orys has taken up residence in his new paddock on the safari route of the reserve, close to the spectacled bears, so that all visitors have the chance to see him.

Orys’ diet consists of straw, leaves, and branches harvested around the Port Lympne estate.

It is capable of easily munching over 125 kg (276 lb) of plant matter each week.

Despite its impressive size, the new arrival of 1.8 tonnes continues to grow. Guardians expect Orys to reach 2.5 tonnes, roughly the same as two Mini Coopers.

Wildlife fans hoping to get closer to Orys and the other rhinos in the park can book a new “Meet the Rhinos” experience, and might even get the chance to feed them if they get hungry.

The experience, priced at £100 per person, runs on Mondays and Tuesdays and rhino keepers will be on hand to answer questions about the animals.

This experience is unique to Port Lympne, which is now the only place in Europe where animal lovers can come face-to-face with three species of rhino.

Orys is the new Indian rhino at Port Lympne Game Reserve in Kent / Port Lympne Reserve

Indian rhinos, also known as greater one-horned rhinos, are extremely endangered in the wild and are killed in huge numbers for their single horns.

They are currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, with 3,700 individuals worldwide.

Thanks to international conservation efforts, this once nearly extinct species has seen its population rebound, according to the International Rhino Foundation.

Currently found only in the subtropical grasslands and riverine forests of India and Nepal, the species is one of the heaviest land mammals.

They are distinguished by their armor-like skin folds and are megaherbivores, with a diet consisting almost entirely of grasses, leaves, branches, and aquatic plants.

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