A RHINO keeper has been named as 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 – that’s equivalent to almost three times around the world, or nearly a third of the way to the moon.
“Come rain, sleet, wind, snow, hail, fog or shine, I haven’t missed a day, nor used any other means of transport,” said Mark.
“In truth, I’d cycle a heck of a lot further to work with black rhinos. They’re incredible animals and it’s 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’m proud to be able to say that we’ve had several baby black rhinos born in my time here – providing a vital safety net should wild populations become extinct.”