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8 Endangered Rhinos Die After Relocation 'Disaster'

Over half the black rhinos moved to a Kenyan park have died, possibly of salt poisoning

(Newser) - Eight endangered rhinos have died after a move to a new park in Kenya. Per the AP , the black rhinos died in what Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu calls "a complete disaster" after they were relocated from two locations to Tsavo East National Park last month. Officials suspect salt poisoning... More »

World's Only 2 Northern White Rhinos May Not Be the Last

Scientists have created 'test tube rhino' embryos in hopes of saving the species

(Newser) - There are only two female northern white rhinos left in the world (the lone male, Sudan, died in March ), and they're infertile, but researchers are hoping new efforts on the reproduction front will stave off the end of the species. The world's first "test tube" rhinos... More »

Ancient Rhino Radically Changes Philippines History

Human tools found near 700,000-year-old butchered animal, rewriting first arrival

(Newser) - An international team of researchers has discovered a 700,000-year-old butchered rhinoceros on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, forcing scientists to radically adjust current estimates about when humans first occupied the archipelago. Previously, a 67,000-year-old foot bone found in a cave in northern Luzon was the oldest... More »

Zoo Performs First-Ever Rhino CT Scan

It was easier to bring the scanner to the rhino than the other way around

(Newser) - A rhinoceros at a suburban Chicago zoo has undergone what's believed to be the first CT scan performed on the species. It was no easy task. Layla is 7 1/2 years old and 2,300 pounds and lives at Brookfield Zoo. Zoo officials say the scan was needed to... More »

World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Is Euthanized

Sudan was a 'great ambassador for his species'

(Newser) - The world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after "age-related complications," researchers announced Tuesday, saying he "stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength." A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized after his... More »

He's the Last in the World, and He's Not Doing Well

Sudan, last male northern white rhino, found to have deep infection

(Newser) - The health of the world's last male northern white rhino has deteriorated, bringing the rhino subspecies a step closer to extinction caused by poaching. The 45-year-old rhino named Sudan , listed as "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World" on the Tinder dating app last year as a fundraiser,... More »

Ivory Sleuth Who Traveled Underworlds Killed at Home

Top ivory investigator Esmond Bradley Martin, 75, found stabbed in neck in Nairobi

(Newser) - "Pachyderms have lost a great champion." That's the tribute of one elephant expert for Esmond Bradley Martin, one of the world's most well-known ivory investigators, who was found killed in his home in Nairobi, Kenya, per the Telegraph and BBC . The 75-year-old had a stab wound... More »

Rhino Turns Tables on Would-Be Poacher

Suspect arrested after leg injury in Namibia

(Newser) - A rhino turned the tables on a suspected poacher in Namibia, reports the AP , charging and injuring the man while he was allegedly tracking it. The incident happened in Etosha National Park after suspect Luteni Muharukua and other alleged poachers illegally entered the wildlife area in hopes of killing rhinos... More »

World's Loneliest Guy Gets Help From Tinder

Company helping to raise money for white rhino breeding

(Newser) - There's just one male northern white rhino left in the world , and he's getting some help from Tinder. A Kenyan wildlife conservancy is teaming up with the dating app for a campaign called "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World," focusing on the rhino named Sudan,... More »

To Protect Rhinos, Zoo Taking Chainsaw to Their Faces

Dvur Kralove zoo is fearful of poachers in wake of French incident

(Newser) - "For the sake of rhino safety," a Czech zoo plans to take a chainsaw to its rhinos' faces. The goal is to make the herd of rare black and southern white rhinos unattractive to poachers, who last week shot and killed a white rhino at a French zoo... More »

Europe Just Experienced a Horrible First at One of Its Zoos

Vince the rhino, killed for his horn, is first live animal to be poached at a zoo

(Newser) - In what authorities say is a brazen first, poachers busted into an EU zoo and attacked a live animal. NBC News reports on the slaying of Vince, a rhinoceros who was found dead in his enclosure Tuesday morning by his keepers after perps broke into France's Thoiry Zoo overnight,... More »

San Diego Zoo Finds Cause of Rhino's Trouble: a Bullet

'Wallis' was apparently shot by a poacher in South Africa

(Newser) - A resident at the San Diego Zoo came within inches of becoming a poaching victim instead of part of a conservation program. Zoo authorities say that after southern white rhino Wallis came to the zoo from South Africa in November 2015, evidence including a wound near her heart that wouldn'... More »

Rhino Killed in India Park Hours After Royal Family's Visit

Rhino was de-horned by poachers

(Newser) - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited India's Kaziranga national park Wednesday, where Prince William was reportedly appalled after seeing footage of the mutilated remains of a rhino recently killed by poachers. Just 10 hours after his and wife Kate Middleton's visit ended, and while they were staying... More »

Extremely Rare Rhino Found Last Month Dies

Najaq proved Sumatran rhinos aren't extinct in Borneo

(Newser) - A Sumatran rhino, whose discovery in the wild last month was "hailed as a landmark conservation success," has died only weeks later, AFP reports. According to National Geographic , the rhino, named Najaq, was captured March 12 in Indonesian Borneo in a trap set by conservationists hoping to move... More »

Humans and 'Unicorns' May Have Coexisted

Research finds the 'Siberian unicorn' is much younger than we thought

(Newser) - Unicorns are real, and they're a lot younger than we thought. Researchers from Russia's Tomsk State University were digging at a fossil site in Kazakhstan when they found bones belonging to the Elasmotherium sibiricum, otherwise known as the "Siberian unicorn," Huffington Post reports. According to IFL... More »

Rhino Species Down to Last 3, but Hope Remains

Science could bring back the northern white

(Newser) - In sad but utterly inevitable news, the northern white rhino has taken another big step toward extinction with the death of Nola, a beloved 41-year-old female who had been at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park since 1989. She was one of the last four remaining members of the doomed... More »

New Death Brings Rhino Species Down to Final 4

The northern white rhino is dying out before our eyes

(Newser) - The species was down to its last six members last fall. Then there were five . Now, with the death of a northern white rhino in a Czech zoo, there are just four of the animals left in a species already past the point of no return. Nabire, a 31-year-old female,... More »

Meet the Loneliest Guy in the World

Watched by armed guards, Sudan is the last male northern white rhino

(Newser) - If you think your Friday nights are boring, we present you with Sudan, the last male northern white rhino and one of only five of their kind left on planet Earth. At age 42 or 43, he's getting on in years (he's estimated to have about 10 years... More »

1 of Last 6 Northern White Rhinos Dies

San Diego Zoo's Angalifu leaves no heirs

(Newser) - The number of northern white rhinos left on the planet can now be counted on one hand. Angalifu, one of the last six members of the species remaining and one of only two males, died yesterday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, apparently of old age, the San Diego ... More »

Horses, Rhinos Have Roots in Ancient India

Fossil discovery offers clues to ancient past

(Newser) - Back when the Indian subcontinent was still an island—before it joined what is now the rest of Asia—it was home to ancestors of today's horses and rhinoceroses, a new study suggests. Both modern animals are members of a biological order known as Perissodactyla, or "odd-toed ungulates,... More »

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