Czech zoologists say extra rhino species should be recognised

Zoologists from the Czech Republic, Sri Lanka and Australia have come to the conclusion that there are six types of rhino in the world, one more than previously thought. The expert team believes that the Northern White Rhino should be treated as a separate type, one of their number, Jan Robovský from the natural science faculty at the South Bohemian University, told the Czech Press Agency. He said there were so many differences with the type it used to be included with that it deserved to be set apart. Only around eight such Northern Whites are believed to exit in the world. Four were shipped out from a Czech zoo at the end of last year to a Kenya reservation in the hope they could be encouraged to breed.

Author: Chris Johnstone