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3 RARE RHINOS EN ROUTE TO SAN DIEGO ZOO

SHARE 3 RARE RHINOS EN ROUTE TO SAN DIEGO ZOO

Three rare white rhinos from a zoo in Czechoslovakia were en route Friday to the San Diego Zoo, the official CTK news agency reported.

"We consider this a goodwill gesture, a contribution to the general improvement in relations between our two countries," said Vaclav Kubicek, deputy director of the Dvur Kralove Zoo. "Money plays no role here."In 1975, Josef Vagner brought the first six white rhinos to Czechoslovakia from Zaire, gradually creating the largest such herd in captivity.

It is estimated that there are no more than 17 white rhinos living freely in Central Africa, CTK reported.

"Keeping the only big herd in isolation is risky and so it was decided to share our females with San Diego," Kubicek said.