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UK zoo names white rhino ‘Queenie’ for Elizabeth II

GULF NEWS – Over her record-breaking reign, Queen Elizabeth II has had many things named after her. Joining the list is a rare white rhino newly born in a British wildlife park.

‘Queenie’ the rhino was born in the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in southern England, and named in honour of the monarch’s 70th Anniversary on the throne.

“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,” Park Chief Reggie Heyworth said.

“I thought it might be a bit presumptuous to call our new baby ‘Elizabeth’, so I have christened her ‘Queenie’ instead,” he said in a statement released on Saturday.

Numbers of white rhinos have recovered somewhat in their native southern Africa after coming under protection, but births in captivity remain rare, the wildlife park said.

The park is also home to critically endangered Bactrian camels including one named after the queen’s great-grandson Prince Louis, son of William and Kate. It was born on the same day as the young prince in April 2018.

Queenie the white rhino, a new-born calf at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, named in honour of the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee year. PHOTO: RORY CARNEGIE