After today, there will be only four northern white rhinos left on this planet.
On Monday evening, a 31 year old female northern white rhino named Nabiré had passed away at the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic due to a ruptured cyst, says the zookeepers.
“It is a terrible loss. Nabiré was the kindest rhino ever bred in our zoo.” said zoo director Přemysl Rabas in regards to Nabiré’s death. “It is not just that we were very fond of her. Her death is a symbol of the catastrophic decline of rhinos due to a senseless human greed. Her species is on the very brink of extinction.”
“The four remaining rhinos include Nola, an elderly female living at a zoo in San Diego, and Sudan, an elderly male living with two females – Najin and her daughter Fatu – on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.” according to The Guardian.
Due to age and the proximity to extinction, the chances of reviving the specie through reproduction are very slim. However, the zoo staffs are not giving up. Nabiré’s one healthy ovary have been saved in attempt to donate her eggs for in vitro fertilization.
“It is our moral obligation to try to save them. We are the only ones, perhaps with San Diego Zoo, who have enough of collected biological material to do so. We are aware that our chances are slim, but the hopes are still alive.” stated Rabas.
Though extinctions of certain species can naturally occur, there are no doubts that mankind’s behavior plays an important role on the accelerating rates. In addition to the northern whine rhinos, with many more species on the brink of extinction, it is important to be more aware of our activities as humans and realize that earth doesn’t only belong to us but to the friends who reside in the same home as us as well.
All the love.
Joel Sartore (all images)