Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Extinction of the Northern White Rhino

Written by Madison Bors

The Northern White Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Sondaicus) is a species of rhino often found in East and Central Africa, south of the Sahara. These rhinos like to graze in grasslands and Savanna woodlands. As of a number of months ago, this species was considered very endangered. On March 19, 2018, the last male Northern White Rhino was put down after suffering from “age-related complications,” says The Guardian. 

As of March 19, 2018, there are only two Northern White Rhino females left. Some people and scientists are worried that this extinction may be part of an even bigger mass extinction going on around the world. Colin Butfield, who is a campaign director at WWF (World Wildlife Fund) said that this “was a wider tragedy and was highlighted as a wider crisis”. This is concerning for not only scientists, but the people who care for these animals as well.