Endangered White Rhino Nola Dies at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Endangered White Rhino Nola Dies at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Nola, one of only four known northern white rhinoceroses, died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the park said in a statement. Frequent civil wars and widespread poaching of rhinos in Africa, driven largely by demand in Asia for ground-up horns as an ingredient in medicine, has caused their numbers to plummet. Her death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world, all at a sanctuary in Kenya, protected from poachers by around-the-clock armed guards. Only about 29,000 rhinos remain in the wild today, down from about 500,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, according to Save the Rhino, a charity. Nola, 41, came to Safari Park in 1989 from a zoo in what is now the Czech Republic and quickly became a favorite of the public and zookeepers. “Nola was an iconic animal, not only at the Safari Park but worldwide,” the zoo said.

All are older and neither of the females is capable of breeding naturally, the conservancy said, while Sudan’s sperm count is “disappointingly low” due to his age. The Eureka Times Standard reported Sunday that the tiny creature named Masala was found safe and sound Saturday night and is back at the Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka.

Ziegler says that an unidentified citizen herded Masala up a small fruit tree and kept an eye on the little furry creature until zoo staff lured her down with food.

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