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We Need to Act Now

With a love for red apples, a knack for painting, and a gentle personality that was one-in-a-million, Nola was an icon and matriarch of our San Diego Zoo Safari Park family.

Sadly, November 22, 2015, was the day we lost our beloved Nola, one of only 4 northern white rhinos left on the planet. It was one of the most devastating days for millions of her fans around the globe and all of us at San Diego Zoo Global. Now, with only 3 of these rhinos left in the world, the northern white rhino is the most endangered animal on Earth.

Rhinos are dying at an alarming rate—3 rhinos are slaughtered every day. Tragically, their horn is hacked off and sold on the black market while the animal is left to die.

If we don’t act now, these gentle giants will be lost forever.

San Diego Zoo Global is leading the fight to save these critically endangered species—but we need your help! We've built a Rhino Rescue Center at the Safari Park, dedicated to the conservation and reproduction of white rhinos. Now we must begin creating new technologies and discovering alternative methods of assisted reproduction to ensure sustainable white rhino populations in the future.

Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is our mission. Your support has helped us save other species like the giant panda, California condor, and Przewalski's horse.

Now it's vital that we work together to save Nola’s family before it's too late!

They Need You
  • 3 rhinos are killed in Africa every day. Your donation helps support antipoaching patrols and create a safe haven for these gentle giants in need.
  • Poachers have been known to cut away the horn while the animal is still alive, leaving it to suffer and bleed to death in the bush.
  • Thandi was rescued after an attack by poachers. Her horn was hacked off and she was drowning in her own blood. Rescuers brought her to a sanctuary and miraculously saved her from death. (Photo credit: Angie Goody/Kariega Game Reserve)
  • Nola was one of only 4 northern white rhinos left on the planet. She grazed on 65 acres of grasslands at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park alongside her companion, Chuck, and worlds away from the poachers who killed her family.
  • Nola often spent time enjoying a bucket of red apples and lounging at her favorite mud hole with her family of keepers. Sometimes, she even painted as part of her enrichment activities, by rubbing her horn into children’s nontoxic paints, creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces for her adoring fans.
  • With the most successful breeding program for rhinos in the world, San Diego Zoo Global is leading the fight against extinction. Your support will keep Nola’s legacy alive by helping us bring her species back from the brink of extinction.
  • Creating new technologies and discovering methods of assisted reproduction are the only hope for sustainable rhino populations in the future. Without our help, these gentle giants will be gone forever.
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