Saturday, 5 May 2012

Only 7 Northern White rhinos left in the world

The Northern white rhino (Ceratothorium simum cottoni) is one of  two sub species of the White rhino (found in Africa).  The other, and better known subspecies is the Southern white rhino.  If you have ever been lucky enough to see a White rhino it is almost certain that you have seen a Southern white rhino. There are only 7 Northern white rhinos left in the world today, and only 4 of them are fertile.  

This makes them officially the most endangered mammal in the world.  Originally found in ranges as broad as Uganda, Chad, Sudan, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, sadly the last sighting of a Northern white rhino in the wild was in 2007.

However, there is hope!  In 2009 the last 4 fertile Northern whites were relocated from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic to a specially designed boma on Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.  As recently as April this year Suni and Najin were observed mating, so everyone has their fingers crossed that these 4 rhinos can help save the Northern white rhino from extinction.

We were lucky enough to visit the Northern white rhinos on Ol Pejeta in 2011 and will very soon be launching a page on our website dedicate to telling their story and tracking their progress. Stay tuned for more details...

Ol Pejeta is one of our beneficiary projects and, along with Save the Rhino, benefits from all of our fundraising activities.  To make a donation to Helping Rhinos, please click here
Northern White Rhinos mating


1 comment:

  1. Great. I'll be looking in to keep up to date about the Rhino's progress. Please do keep us all informed as many people are concerned!!