Zoo's rhino dies | Urban Wildlife
The Jackson Zoo's female White Rhinoceros Longhorn died Saturday.
The 42-year-old rhino was born in the wild but has been at the zoo since 1974. She was one of the older rhinos in captivity, according to deputy director Dave Wetzel according to a press release.
She never produced any young, although she was paired with a male, who died last summer, for most of her time in Jackson. She was recently introduced to another male for companionship before her death, according to the zoo.
The rhino was nicknamed Longhorn because of her elongated horn. White Rhinos are the largest of five species of rhino, weighing between 4,000-6,000 pounds. They are found in long and short grass savannahs and woodlands of southern and central Africa, according to the zoo.The White Rhino is an endangered species due primarily to habitat loss and hunting. White rhino horn is used in the ceremonial dagger handles worn by men in Yemen as a status symbol. It is also sold illegally to Asian countries, especially China, the region of Taiwan and South Korea for use in traditional medicines.