One thought on “There are now just five northern white rhinos left in the world

  1. acm 15 Dec 14 / 11.58 am

    well, part of it might be that they were only viewed as a separate species from Southern White Rhinos starting around 2010!
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/4185/0

    other problem is that their home range appears to be full of human civil wars — e.g., Congo and Sudan.
    http://fightforrhinos.com/2014/10/28/what-happened-to-the-northern-white-rhinos/

    apparently there were only a couple thousand by 1960! so I guess that the third answer is they got rare before the environmental/conservation movement really developed teeth.

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