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KEEPER GETS ON HIS BIKE; NATURE.

A RHINO keeper was named Chester Zoo's Green Traveller of the Year.

Mark Cleave has cycled to work every day for the last 17 years, pedalling 72,726 miles in the process - the equivalent of almost three times around the world, or nearly one-third of the way to the moon.

Mark said: "Come rain, sleet, wind, snow, hail, fog or shine, I haven't missed a day, nor used any other means of transport.

"In truth, I would cycle a heck of a lot farther to work with black rhinos. They are incredible animals, and it is a privilege to work with them day in, day out.

"We run a successful breeding programme, which I'm delighted to be involved with, and with the species now threatened in the wild, I am proud to be able to say we have had several baby black rhinos born in my time here, providing a safety net should wild populations become extinct."

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ENDANGERED: Black rhinos at Chester Zoo; and, inset, right, cycling enthusiast keeper Mark Cleave
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 20, 2012
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