Like a dado round the room was the jutting line of splendid heavy game-heads, the best of their sort from every quarter of the world, with the rare white rhinoceros
of the Lado Enclave drooping its supercilious lip above them all.
And last year came the news that the world's last male northern white rhinoceros
, called Sudan, had been put on the dating app Tinder in the hope of raising enough money to pay for an in vitro fertilisation procedure (using a surrogate southern white rhino female) that comes with the price tag of $9 million.
Nairobi: The beleaguered northern white rhinoceros
moved closer to extinction this week after conservationists announced that the health of the only surviving male of the species was deteriorating.
Last November, a tweet from biologist Daniel Schneider with a picture of the world's last male Northern White Rhinoceros
Bruce, a southern white rhinoceros
, was born at Blair Drummond in 2014 and was the fourth calf to breeding pair, Graham and Dorothy.
A female white rhinoceros
, a male hippopotamus, a pair of royal brown Bengal tigers, a pair of chimpanzees, two female Asiatic wolves, a pair of red-necked lama guanacos, a pair of tortoises, three southern giraffes and a pair of striped hyenas are also in the list of the new work order issued to procure new animals.
The attraction celebrated the births that included a southern white rhinoceros
, two Asian elephants, an eastern bongo and three scimitarhorned oryx.
During genetic profiling, it was discovered that the 14 pieces of rhinoceros horn were from the White Rhinoceros
(Ceratotherium simum) -from five different animals of which four were males and one female.
In what seems to be a first in Europe, in early March poachers broke into a zoo near Paris and killed a young white rhinoceros
known as Vince.
Sadly, compared to our next candidate, Amur leopards are almost abundant: The picture above shows the northern white rhinoceros
KWS said in a statement that the planet earth is inching closer to extinction of the rare northern white rhinoceros
following the death of 41-year-old Nola in San Diego Zoo Safari Park after suffering from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues.
A northern white rhinoceros
-- one of just four remaining worldwide -- died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo, officials said.