Northern white rhinoceros
There are now only two northern white rhinos left in the world: Najin and Fatu. They both belong to the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, but live in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Africa. Poachers have been selling their horns for USD 110,000 per kilogram.
About Northern white rhinoceros in brief
There are now only two northern white rhinos left in the world: Najin and Fatu. They both belong to the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, but live in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Africa. Poachers have been selling their horns for USD 110,000 per kilogram. In place of their horns, radio transmitters have been installed to allow closer monitoring of their whereabouts. To prevent any unnecessary injuries they might inflict on each other while interacting in their fenced area, and give their horns an opportunity to regrow to a natural shape, all the rhinos were sedated and their horns were sawn off. This also made them less vulnerable to the poaching that drove their species to near extinction, as the horn is what the poachers are after. In 2015, scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and Tiergarten, San Diego, revealed that neither of the females are capable of natural reproduction. At the end of 2015, it was possible Najin became pregnant but miscarried shortly thereafter, which resulted in pathological changes in her uterus, preventing her from preventing another impregnation.
In January 2014 the Conservancy considered Najin not pregnant, and a male southern white rhino from Lewa Conservancy was put to at least intercross with Najin. On 25 April 2012, and on 27 May 2012, Suni and Najin mated. On 26 October 2011, the females were coaxed into the larger enclosure. On 19 March 2018, Sudan, caught from the wild in 1975, died from natural causes at the conservancy. The two female rhinos are protected round-the-clock by armed guards. Until 2011, this translocation was documented on the initiative’s website. Several documentaries are in the works, including an episode of Ol PeJeta Diaries entitled \”Return of the African Titans\” for Oasis HD Canada fall 2010, and an follow-up half-hour episode to follow. The two pairs of rhinos have been reported to be ‘flirting’ on the BBC Last Chance to See special entitled \” return of the Rhino\”, presented by Stephen Fry and the zoologist Mark Carwardine.