January 31, 2001
The world's oldest captive rhinoceros, who died yesterday, could
become a father posthumously.
Keepers mourning the passing of 49-year-old Clyde at Columbus
Zoo, Ohio, say his semen has been stored for possible future breeding
Clyde, a rare African black rhinoceros, was born in the wild in
1951. He never reproduced despite being paired with females on several
"Black rhinos are solitary animals and only want to be with other
rhinos during times of breeding," said zoo spokeswoman Patty Peters.
"So it was difficult pairing them at the right time."
There are only 3,000 black rhinoceroses left in the world.