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North Carolina Zoo Mourns Loss of Natalie the Rhino

North Carolina Zoo Mourns Loss of Natalie the Rhino

NC Zoo
Credit: North Carolina Zoo ASHEBORO N.C. -The North Carolina Zoo announced today that Natalie, one of the zoo's southern white rhinoceros, was euthanized on Jan. 10th after a period of declining health. This week, keepers at the North Carolina Zoo are mourning the loss of Natalie, a female southern white rhinoceros who had been at the NC Zoo since 2007. Veterinarian and animal care teams had been treating the 30-year-old, 4,000+ pound, southern white rhinoceros for chronic kidney failure, anemia, and multisystemic disease for the past several months. “Unfortunately, her health was in a steep decline despite treatment efforts, which led to a decrease in quality of life,” said Associate Veterinarian for the North Carolina Zoo, Dr. Tim Georoff. “This week, the animal care a...
North Carolina Zoo Loses Rhino Olivia

North Carolina Zoo Loses Rhino Olivia

NC Zoo
Photo provided by NC Zoo ASHEBORO, N.C. (NC ZOO) - Olivia, a southern white rhinoceros who has lived at the North Carolina Zoo for more than 30 years, passed away on September 15. Olivia, 54, had lived at the North Carolina Zoo since 1987 and arrived as a breeding pair with male rhino Stan, although no offspring were born. In later years, Olivia and Stan lived together at the Zoo’s spacious rhino annex (off view from the public) in retirement for several years until Stan died in 2019.  Since then, Olivia was reintroduced to the other animals on the Zoo’s 40-acre Watani Grasslands and took on the role of “Great Auntie” to the younger rhinos. Southern white rhinos are the most social of the rhino species and live together in groupings called “crashes.” As one of the olde...