White Rhino Dies; Only 5 Left Worldwide

Suzanne Robertson
The animal is pushed one step closer to extinction.

Super sad news from the animal-extinction desk. You can now count the number of white rhinos left in the world on one hand. 

A 44-year-old male rhino, named Angalifu, died of old age on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Now there are only five of the animals left in the entire world. Conservationists hoped that Angalifu would mate with a female northern white rhino named Nola. Attempts were unsuccessful. 

"Angalifu's death is a tremendous loss to all of us," Randy Rieches, the safari park curator, said in a statement. "Not only because he was well beloved here at the park but also because his death brings this wonderful species one step closer to extinction."

There were around 2,000 living northern white rhinos in the 60s. However poachers brought the number down to 15 in 1984. Rhino horn is believed to hold healing powers in traditional Asian medicine leading to high demand.