April 24, 2024

Zookeepers said Natalie, 30, had a personality that matched her big 4,000+ pound size.

ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo unfortunately announces the death of a southern white rhinoceros named Natalie.

She was euthanized on Jan. 10 just after a time period of declining wellness, according to zoo officers.

Zookeepers explained 30-yr-old Natalie had a temperament that matched her large 4,000+ pound dimension. 

The veterinarian and animal treatment groups experienced been managing Natalie for long-term kidney failure, anemia, and multisystemic disorder for the previous a number of months.

“Unfortunately, her health and fitness was in a steep decline irrespective of procedure efforts, which led to a reduce in good quality of everyday living,” claimed Affiliate Veterinarian for the North Carolina Zoo, Dr. Tim Georoff. “This week, the animal treatment and vet teams produced the complicated determination to euthanize Natalie when treatment method attempts have been no longer helpful.”

Georoff claimed the whole pathology report will deliver much more info about Natalie’s problem in the coming weeks.

Natalie came to the North Carolina Zoo with her son Lyonnel in 2007. She had previously lived most of her daily life at White Oak Conservation Middle in Florida, where she gave beginning to two males named Tony and Dominique. All three of her offspring are however residing at other accredited zoos in North The usa.



Wild rhinos generally have a lifestyle expectancy of their early 30s and can live up to their early 40s beneath human care. Southern white rhinos are the second-biggest land mammal after elephants. 

Southern white rhinos were nearly hunted to extinction at the starting of the 20th century because some people believe that their horns present professional medical gains. 

Rhino horn is designed up of keratin, the exact materials that would make up human fingernails and hair. The danger faced by wild rhinos is really true.

Southern white rhinos are the most social of the rhino species and dwell together in groupings named “crashes.” The 2nd-largest land mammal following elephants, southern white rhinos have two horns, increase to 12-13 ft very long and up to six toes from hoof to shoulder, and weigh 4,000 to 5,000 lbs . at total maturity. 

These gentle giants are herbivores and graze on grass, which can help manage the various African grasslands, maximize plant variety and supply grazing places for other animals that share their purely natural habitat of the savannahs in Africa.