Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Rhino Reproduction Could Get Boost from Hormone Tests

Laura Geggel, Staff Writer | August 26, 2014 03:07pm ET

Rhino reproduction may undergo a renaissance in European zoos, as researchers try to tap into how they can boost the success of these massive animals mating in captivity, according to a new study.

The endangered black rhino, illegally hunted for its horn, has low birth rates in European zoos, the researchers said.

Curious as to why some captive rhinos breed with ease whereas others never reproduce, researchers in England launched a detailed study of 39 captive rhinoceroses, which make up about 90 percent of Europe's rhino population. 

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