World’s Oldest Rhino Dies

13 January 2020 | Posted under

An eastern black rhino, which is thought to be the oldest in the world, has died in Tanzania aged 57.

Fausta was first spotted in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the north of the country in 1965, when she was three years old.

She roamed freely for over 54 years but spent her final few years in a sanctuary due to health issues such as deteriorating eyesight and lingering effects from hyena attacks.

Fausta never had calves and conservationists believe not giving birth is one of the main reasons she lived for so long.

The life expectancy for rhinos in the wild is around 40 years, although they can live an extra decade in captivity.

The eastern black rhino is an endangered species. The animals, which are found in south and eastern Africa, are often poached for their horns, leaving just 5,500 black rhino alive.

Thankfully, numbers are increasing again and, on the day Fausta died, a baby rhino was born.

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