Northern White Rhino, Nola, Dies at Safari Park

Some sad news today as San Diego Zoo Safari Park announced that, due to a worsening bacterial infection and age-related health problems, a 41-year old female white rhino named “Nola” was euthanized. You can read more about Nola and veterinarians’ attempts to address her health issues at The San Diego Union-Tribune’s article. Nola’s death leaves…

What Rhino Extinction Means for Local Ecosystems

In terms of their role in the ecosystem, what do rhinoceros share in common with apex predators like lions and wolves? Answer: Rhinoceros, like elephants, are one of our world’s few “megaherbivores” (defined as plant-eaters that weigh more than 2,000 pounds) and thus, as mature adults, are rarely subject to predation. Hence, rhinos’ impact on their ecosystem is…