NC Zoo loses rare white rhino who beat the odds

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY RICHARD STRADLING [email protected]­sob­ Richard Stradling: 919- 829- 4739, @RStradling

A south­ern white rhi­noc­eros named Stan­ley who lived at the N.C. Zoo for the past 30 years died on Fri­day, a few weeks after suf­fer­ing from an ap­par­ent stroke.

Stan­ley was 49. In an­nounc­ing his death, the zoo said most rhi­nos in the wild don’t live longer than their early 30s and that even rhi­nos un­der hu­man care sel­dom sur­vive be­yond 45.

Stan, as he was known, came to the N.C. Zoo from a pri­vate zoo in New Hamp­shire in 1987 with a fe­male named Olivia. It was hoped they would pro­duce off­spring to­gether, but they never did. Olivia, 51, sur­vives, liv­ing in the non-pub­lic barn she shared with Stan dur­ing their re­tire­ment years, said zoo spokes­woman Deb­bie Fos­ter Fuchs.

South­ern white rhi­nos live in the sa­van­nahs and grass­lands of south­ern Africa. They were hunted to near ex­tinc­tion in the early 20th cen­tury. Their pop­u­la­tion has since re­bounded to about 20,000, though zoo of­fi­cials note that they still face threats from poach­ing and the loss of habi­tat.

Rhi­nos are the sec­ond largest land mam­mals after ele­phants.

Be­sides Olivia, the zoo has five adult south­ern white rhi­nos — four fe­males and one male — and two six-month-old fe­males who were born last year, the first rhi­nos born at the zoo in 41 years.

Stan was born in a game re­serve in South Africa in 1970. Zoo of­fi­cials say he showed signs of neu­ro­log­i­cal disease fol­low­ing the stroke and that his health de­clined markedly this week. He was eu­th­a­nized on Fri­day.

The zoo is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions to sup­port rhino con­ser­va­tion in re­mem­brance of Stan at its web­site,­ sup­port-con­ser­va­tion -and-re­search/

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A south­ern white rhino named Stan­ley who lived at the N.C. Zoo for the last 30 years died on Fri­day.

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