Arizona's Wildlife World Zoo now home to 3 endangered rhinos

With just about 29,0000 rhinos left surviving in the wild, counting all five species, three will now be calling Arizona home for the foreseeable future.

The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park recently welcomed three young, endangered white rhinos to Litchfield Park. The adolescent female rhinos, named Imani, Zuri and Mashaka took a "one-way trip" from South Africa.

Safe from being slaughtered by poachers and other dangers, the zoo said the state's climate is perfect for them and will allow the girls to "flourish and thrive."

"It feels great to know that all our hard work has finally paid off and we’ve probably saved their lives," Jack Ewert, Wildlife World deputy director, said in a post on the zoo's website.

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The zoo said its "state-of-the-art" rhino facility will open in early 2018 as part of a nine-acre expansion to its Safari Park.

Until then, guests will have to wait to visit these three magnificent creatures.

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