May 31, 2007
Rare Rhinoceros Dies at San Diego Zoo
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A rare northern white rhinoceros died Wednesday at the San Diego Zoo, dwindling the critically endangered species' population to as few as 13 worldwide, zoo officials said.
Nadi was one of three northern white rhinos at the zoo's Wild Animal Park. No cause of death was given, but the female rhino had shown signs of old age, the zoo said in a statement.
Although both females were late in life, zoo officials had hoped the presence of a male rhino and the large park habitat would help breeding. No calves were produced.
Northern white rhinos are considered critically endangered. Along with the two remaining at the Wild Animal Park, there are six at a zoo in the Czech Republic and as few as five believed to be roaming in the African wild, the zoo said.