Friday, 8 July 2016

Rare Rhino Gets Custom Flight to Africa

By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor | July 6, 2016 09:22am ET

An endangered black rhinoceros named Eliska is at home in Africa after a 31-hour flight from the Czech Republic in a custom-painted airplane. 

Eliska was born at the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, an institution known for its rhino conservation program. Until recently, the zoo was home to one of the last five remaining northern white rhinos left on Earth; today only three are left at a conservancy in Kenya. 

Black rhinos are in less dire straits than the northern white subspecies, but they are still critically endangered, with just over 5,000 surviving in the wild. They are threatened by poaching for their horns as well as by habitat loss, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 

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