SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Only three living northern white rhinos are left in the world as San Diego Zoo Global sadly announces the death of Nola, a 41-year-old critically endangered northern white rhino, on Sunday.
Nola had been under veterinary care for bacterial infection as well as age-related health issues. The source of Nola's infection was recently identified as a large abscess deep in her pelvic region.
Keepers had been watching Nola around-the-clock since earlier this week when they noticed she began showing signs of a reduced appetite and activity level. In the last 24 hours Nola's condition worsened significantly and the animal care team at the Safari Park were maintaining her on intensified treatment efforts. Early Sunday morning, the team made the difficult decision to euthanize her.
Nola was an iconic animal, not only at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but worldwide. She was one of only four northern white rhinoceros on the planet. Through the years, millions of people learned about Nola and the plight of rhinos in the wild through visits to the Safari Park, numerous media stories and social media posts. Nola leaves a legacy that her keepers and animal care staff hope will continue to help rhino conservation for years to come.
Nola had resided at the Safari Park since 1989.