A northern white rhino living at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park died on Sunday, leaving only five others in the world.
“Angalifu’s death is a tremendous loss to all of us,” said safari park curator Randy Rieches. “Not only because he was well beloved here at the park but also because his death brings this wonderful species one step closer to extinction.”
According to professionals, the death of 44-year-old Angalifu has left the species with only five other specimens, one living in a zoo in the Czech Republic and three others living in a reserve in Kenya.
The three living in Kenya, one male and two female, were transported from the Czech Republic in 2009 to see if a natural environment helped them breed. But all efforts to keep the species alive naturally weren’t successful, so now conservationists will proceed to in vitro fertilisation.
In related news, a one-horned rhino has died from apparent Anthrax in the Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary in Tripura, India.
“It was found that the rhino was lying on the ground with blood oozing out of its nose and anus. The zoo authorities contacted a Guwahati-based veterinary specialist for remedies, but the rhino did not take the oral medicine and died,” said Principal Secretary Dr V K Bahuguna.
An initial examination revelead 24-year-old Pradip had Anthrax.