Conservation efforts were having some success in rebuilding the population until recently, when nearby civil wars and an increase in poaching sent their numbers plummeting again.
Nine of the rhinos, including a pregnant female and a young calf, were found dead in 2004.
The decline means the rhino is thought to be the most endangered large mammal on earth.
There are 10 in zoos in the Czech Republic and the US, but only one calf has been born in captivity in the last decade.
Sunday, January 16, 2005
NORTHERN WHITE RHINOS - BBC version
And here's the BBC's take on the story of the White Rhino evacuation to Kenya. Full story at BBC NEWS