Only Three Northern White Rhinos Left Alive On Earth
Now only three northern white rhinos are left alive on earth after the death of a 41-year-old female northern white rhino named Nola. Nola died at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California.
The conservationists and experts took the decision to euthanize Nola after seeing her deteriorating health. Nola was infected with a bacterial infection and age-related health issues worsened her condition.
The park said in a statement on its Facebook page that they are devastated by the loss. But they said they would make every possible effort to end extinction of the rare species.
“In the last 24 hours Nola’s condition worsened significantly and the animal care team at the Safari Park were maintaining her on intensified treatment efforts”, the San Diego Zoo said in the statement.
As per experts, the northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) is a subspecies of white rhinoceros. They were once found in abundance in parts of Uganda, Sudan, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and into Chad and Cameroon.
They are also among the largest land animals on earth after elephants. White rhinos can run at a speed of more than 30 miles per hour. Due to their two-horns, tough skin and large size they have no natural predators.
Civil war, loss of habitat and killing of the creature for their valuable horns led to rapid decline in their population. As per records, there population dropped from 2,000 to five between 1960 and 2015.
Presently, the three members of this rare species live at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a preserve in Kenya. All the three are too old and are also not fit to breed naturally, said experts.
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