At the San Diego Zoo, a Northern white rhino recently died at the ripe old age of 44. While this might be a long time for an animal such as this, it brings down the total number of white rhinos down to five in the entire world, two of which are in zoos (one is still in the San Diego Zoo) and three on an animal reserve in Kenya. Zoologists have been trying to get the animals to mate for years, but they have not had any success in doing so.
That is exactly why the San Diego Zoo held a third of the white rhinos of the world, in order to help improve the chances of mating. However, with the most recent setback, there are now only a male and a female left together in Kenya. In order to prolong the life of these animals, they are going to have to start artificial insemination.
If this plan does not work, the world may lose another animal from the list of those that can wander the earth. This is due to poachers killing the rhinos for the white horn that is found on the front of the animal’s face. I’ll let the experts get close with the rhinos while I watch from my couch with a glass of The Antique Wine Company. Those are big, scary animals!