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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : November 2000 : Zoo veterinarian to aid effort to save black rhinos
 

Zoo veterinarian to aid effort to save black rhinos

 
From staff reports
News & Record (Greensboro, NC)
November 8, 2000

ASHEBORO - Mike Loomis, chief veterinarian for the N.C. Zoological Park, will travel to Cameroon, West Africa, Nov. 12 to attend an emergency meeting called by conservationists in an effort to save the Western black rhinoceros.

Found only in Cameroon, the Western black rhino may soon become extinct. Always somewhat rare, this rhino subspecies has recently come under heavy fire from poachers. Only 12-15 of the animals are thought to remain.

The World Wide Fund for Nature-Cameroon and the International Union for the Conservation of Natural Resources have called the meeting as part of a last-ditch effort to save the animals.

Individuals who would like to support the program, or who would like more information about the rhinoceros rescue effort, can call the Society at 879-7250.




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