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”Northern white rhinos are the world’s rarest large mammal. It is gratifying to see how well the rhinos have adapted to their new surroundings and a wild diet in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.”
FFI Africa Regional Director and member of the IUCN African Rhino Specialist group
The northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) has been the star of one of the world’s most dramatic rescues. In December 2009 the last four breeding individuals were flown from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic to Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was a key instigator in this last chance to save the subspecies from extinction. It hadn’t been seen in the wild for years and the last eight individuals in zoos weren’t breeding.
We’re pleased to say the rhinos have settled in well and are extremely well protected in their new home. FFI is proud to have helped save this magnificent animal.
White rhinos are not white, they are grey. The white comes from a misinterpretation of the Dutch “wijde” (wide in English), due to the width of the rhinoceros’ mouth.
Their wide mouth is an adaptation which helps them graze on grass, as opposed to the black rhino’s pointed mouth adapted for browsing on leaves, shoots and branches.