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2014-06-16 08:25:48

NEW ORLEANS, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Audubon Zoo recently welcomed an addition to its animal collection and it's a big one: Bonnie, a 15-year-old Southern White Rhino weighing in at more than two tons. She joins Audubon Zoo's lone male rhino, Saba, and two other females, Yvonne and Macite, age 51, the world's oldest rhino in captivity. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

Savannah Ecosystems Threatened By Poaching
2014-02-12 20:00:11

Swedish Research Council White rhinoceros may be extinct in twenty years with the current poaching rates. The loss of this megaherbivore is in itself a tragedy, but it may also have tremendous effects on the ecosystems they now live in. The white rhino (Ceratotherium simum), and other megaherbivores, are key drivers of ecosystem functioning because they´re not controlled by predation. A new study by Joris Cromsigt and Mariska te Beest, published in Journal of Ecology, highlights the...

Scientists Want To Legalize Rhino Horn Trade To Protect Species From Extinction
2013-03-01 10:23:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of leading environmental scientists are advocating a legal trade in rhino horn as a last ditch effort to save the animals from extinction. The scientists argue that the current global ban on rhino products has failed to protect the animals as death rates among the world's remaining black and white rhinos are soaring. This increased death rate is due to illegal poaching to supply the insatiable demand for these...

Rhino Diet May Affect Reproduction
2012-03-22 12:42:09

The once thriving captive-born southern white rhinoceros population is being threatened by their diet, according to new research. San Diego Zoo Global researchers predict that phytoestrogens in the rhinoceros´ food may be causing reproductive failure in the females. In a press release detailing the research, Christopher Tubbs, researcher with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research explained the importance of the study. “Understanding why the captive white...

Western Black Rhino of Africa Declared Extinct
2011-11-10 12:26:45

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said on Thursday that the Western Black Rhino of Africa has been declared officially extinct. The group said the Northern White Rhino of central Africa is also now "possibly extinct" in the wild and the Javan Rhino is "probably extinct" in Vietnam. "A lack of political support and willpower for conservation efforts in many rhino habitats, international organized crime groups targeting rhinos and increasing illegal demand for...

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2011-07-04 08:00:00

South Africa, home to the world's largest rhinoceros population, lost nearly 200 of the magnificent beasts in the first half of 2011, according to the World Wildlife Fund International (WWF). At the current pace of poaching, the number of rhinos slaughtered this year may exceed the record 333 killed last year, the group said in a statement. Rhinos in Kruger National Park remain to be the hardest hit. The world famous safari destination has lost 126 rhinos to poaching this year and 146 in...

2011-03-01 00:01:40

With as Few as 40 Left on Earth, WWF Launches Campaign to Save One of the World's Rarest Mammals Washington, D.C. (Vocus/PRWEB) February 27, 2011 Dramatic new video footage of two critically endangered Javan rhinos and their calves was released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Indonesia's National Park Authority. The footage, from a motion-activated video camera in Indonesia's Ujung Kulon National Park, is a huge boost to efforts to save this almost extinct species that is threatened...

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2011-02-01 06:28:57

Twenty-one rhinos in South Africa have been killed so far this year despite measures adopted to halt the surge of poaching after a record number of rhinos were killed in 2010, the head of the South African National Parks said Monday. "The loss of 333 rhinos to poaching in 2010 was a devastating loss for us but we are determined that in 2011 that should not happen," parks chief David Mabunda said in a statement. Although rhinos are still being killed, Mabunda told AFP that the government's...

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2011-01-13 07:30:00

2010 was the worst year for rhinos as 333 were lost to poaching in South Africa, almost three times more than the previous year's losses, the country's parks agency said on Wednesday. Reynold Thakhuli, spokesman for the National Parks Agency, told AFP that "this has definitely been the worst year for rhino poaching -- this is the highest number ever recorded." However, anti-poaching programs were showing some promise, the agency said. Five suspected poachers were shot and killed at the...

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2009-07-09 12:41:50

Rhino poaching is expected to hit its highest levels in 15 years due to increased demand for the animals' horns in Asia, according to conservationists. "Rhinos are in a desperate situation," according to Heather Sohl of the World Wildlife Fund. "This is the worst rhino poaching we have seen in many years and it is critical for governments to stand up and take action to stop this deadly threat to rhinos worldwide. It is time to crack down on organized criminal elements responsible for this...


Latest White Rhinoceros Reference Libraries

Northern White Rhinoceros, Ceratotherium simum cottoni
2014-04-11 12:13:58

The northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), also known as the northern square-lipped rhinoceros, is a subspecies of the white rhinoceros that was once found in a large range in South and East Africa. Now there are only a few remaining individuals that reside in conservancies, in zoos, or possibly in the wild, although this cannot be confirmed. The last known wild population of this species, consisting of four individuals, resided in Garamba National Park in Democratic...

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2005-06-14 10:04:26

The black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is a mammal of the Perissodactyla order which lives in the eastern areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The black rhinoceros is on the endangered species list due to excessive poaching for their horns, which are mostly used in dagger handles as a symbol of wealth in many countries. Contrary to popular opinion, only small amounts of the horns are consumed as an aphrodisiac. An adult black rhinoceros...

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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