Monday, March 28, 2005

NORTHERN WHITE RHINOS - Political war may lead to rhino extinction

Coverage in the Houston Chronicle is among many sites covering the current plight of the wild Northern White Rhino, discussing the current political war in Africa which may lead to the last few rhino's final extermination. It is this politics which is blocking the rhino's last chance of survival - an airlift to Kenya.
Besides those found in zoos in San Diego and the Czech Republic, the rhinos are believed to exist only in Garamba, a rugged place near the border with Sudan that is full of wildlife and lush vegetation but also men with guns.

"I do not believe that any rhinos will survive the year," predicted Thomas J. Foose, program director at the International Rhino Foundation, which is based in the United States and has been working for years in Garamba, the last refuge for the northern white rhino.
The PDF version of the translocation rescue plan can be found here.