The northern white rhinoceros gets one step closer to extinction, as one individual in captivity died on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015.
Nola, a resident in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park was euthanized after a battle against infection. There are only three more individuals of this species ― all in captivity at a Kenya zoo. According to Reuters the northern white rhinoceroses were declared extinct in the wild back in 2008 because of poaching for their horns, coveted for their supposed medicinal properties in some cultures.
A word about rhinos:
Black rhinos and white rhinos are the same color—a brownish gray! Both live in eastern and southern Africa but eat different foods. The wide mouth of the white rhino is perfect for grazing on grasses. The more narrow, prehensile lip of the black rhino is great for pulling leaves and shrubs into its mouth. Other names used for these two species are broad-lipped and hook-lipped.
Of the five rhino species, the white rhino is the largest: it can weigh 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms). A group of rhinos is called a crash. It’s fitting for this large, ponderous animal that can crash through just about anything in its way! San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
The southern white rhinoceros ―a subspecies of white rhino― is considered an endangered species with a population of approximately 20,000 individuals. Female individuals are being considerate for surrogacy, which means they could be implanted with northern white rhino embryos if they are genetically similar enough for the procedure, according to BBC.
November 23rd, 2015.