In December 2015 an international group of scientists convened in Austria to discuss the imminent extinction of the northern white rhinoceros and the possibility of bringing the species back from brink of extinction. The discussions of this historic meeting appear in the international Journal Zoo Biology. The publication of this work is designed as part of the ongoing effort to raise awareness for the extinction crisis facing rhinos and many other species while also reaching out to the scientific community to share and gather information.
International scientists set up a rescue plan for the worldwide last three northern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum cottoni). The goal is to use the remaining three rhinos and tissue samples from already dead individuals to multiply them into a viable self-sustaining population. For this purpose scientists apply recent findings in reproduction and stem cell research.
An international team of the world’s leading reproductive and genetic experts will meet from 3rd – 6th December, 2015 in Vienna with the purpose of fighting extinction. The meeting, organised by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Germany, San Diego Zoo Global in the United States, Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Austria and ZOO Dvůr Králové of the Czech Republic will include scientists from four continents. The goal of the meeting will be to setup a master plan to save the northern white rhino, a species on the brink of extinction.
Nola, a female northern white rhino in San Diego Zoo, died aged 41 on Sunday 22nd November. This leaves just three remaining on the planet; all of them live in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. The future of this species now lies in the development of in vitro fertilisation techniques and stem cell technology, costly and complicated procedures that have never before been attempted in rhinos. Dvur Kralove Zoo is together with Ol Pejeta Conservancy trying to raise USD 1 million towards this with a Gofundme campaign called ‘Make a Rhino’.
Northern white rhino female Nola had to be euthanized at San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Sunday. Nola was one of only four northern white rhinos left in the world. Dvůr Králové Zoo is the only zoo where northern white rhinos have ever bred and thus the zoo prolonged their presence on the planet. To enhance breeding, Dvůr Králové Zoo provided San Diego Zoo with its three rhinos including Nola almost 25 years ago. In 2009 Dvůr Králové Zoo sent to custody in a Kenyan conservancy another four rhinos. Unfortunately, in both cases an attempt at natural reproduction failed.
On Thursday 19th November 2015, representatives of the Czech Republic and Vietnam signed a declaration on a collaboration in the field of the CITES treaty (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). The declaration is the first in this area that the Czech Republic entered into with another country. The signing by Czech Deputy Environment Minister Vladimír Dolejský and Vietnamese Deputy Agriculture Minister Ha Cong Tuan took place in Dvur Kralove Zoo in the presence of its director Přemysl Rabas.
Northern white rhino female Nabiré, one of the last five northern white rhinos in the world, died on Monday, July 27 in Dvůr Králové Zoo, Czech Republic. She deceased due to a large pathological cyst that ruptured inside her body.
Unique achievement has been accomplished in Dvur Kralove Zoo, Czech Republic. On Sunday 25th January, the 40th black rhino baby was born in the zoo. But keepers had no time to take a rest – a black rhino baby no. 41 was born just 17 hours later.