jueves, 29 de diciembre de 2011
Ohio zoo: African black rhino dies after illness
This undated photo provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, shows an African black rhinoceros named Kijito, who died after falling ill early Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. The zoo says the 18-year-old rhino died after a two-day illness. It says he had repeatedly suffered bouts of the condition known as Black Rhino Syndrome but his cause of death is being investigated. (AP Photo/Columbus Zoo) — AP
POWELL, Ohio — An Ohio zoo says an African black rhinoceros has died after being treated for an often fatal disease that's commonly found in the species.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the 18-year-old rhino was named Kijito and died early Wednesday after a two-day illness. It says the rhino had repeatedly suffered bouts of a condition known as black rhino syndrome but its cause of death is being investigated.
The zoo says there were about 65,000 black rhinos in Africa four decades ago but the population declined sharply to around 2,300 in the wild by the 1990s. It says conservation and anti-poaching efforts have helped increase the population to about 4,200 black rhinos today.
The rhinos are called black but actually have a grayish-brown color.
The Associated Press