Northern white rhino dies at San Diego Safari Park; three of the species …

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. 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. 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.

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