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Another White Rhino Dies At Mosi-Oa-Tunya

  The Post (Lusaka)
December 23, 2003
Posted to the web December 23, 2003

Nomusa Maunga

ANOTHER white rhino has died at the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone.

Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) public relations officer Maureen Mwape yesterday disclosed that the female white rhino died last Friday.

Mwape said the rhino had been discharging pus from its genitals.

She said this had been the second time the rhino had the problem. The first time the problem occurred was in August, but was treated.

Mwape said post-mortem findings showed extensive disease of the teeth, lungs and inflammation of the pelvic canal.

"Going by the animal's poor body condition, the rhino was not having adequate nutrition on account of teeth problems," Mwape said. "Even in the absence of disease, this was going to affect the animal's well-being in the long run."

Mwape said ZAWA undertook treatment of the rhino on December 19, 2003 which involved immobilising it.

She said the rhino died when it was darted with a drug combination to immobilize it.

The death of the rhino comes only a month after another white rhino was found dead, floating in the Zambezi River from the same national park.

There are only three white rhinos left in Zambia, all of which are in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.