Northern white rhinoceros
|Northern white rhinoceros|
|Northern White Rhinoceros|
|Subspecies:||C. s. cottoni|
The northern white rhinoceros, or the northern square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), is one of the two subspecies of the white rhinoceros. These animals are extinct in the wild, and now there are currently seven left in captivity. These seven northern white rhinoceros lived in the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic. Four of the seven Rhinoceroses were transported to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Africa, where scientists hope they will successfully breed and save this subspecies from extinction. One of three remaining in the Czech Republic died in late May 2011. The two other rhinoceroses now live at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in California. Recent research has suggested the northern white rhinoceros may be a different Rhinoceros species, rather than a subspecies of white rhinoceros.
The northern white rhinoceros eats mainly grass, and other low lying vegetation. They can live for around 40 to 65 years.