Female white rhinoceros Tryvoha (Anxiety) died in Kyiv’s zoo on March, 22 at the age of 46.
Tryvoha beat the previous longevity record of a white rhino named Zulu, who lived 45 years and five months in a zoo of the Polish city of Lodz.
Rhino became seriously ill in early March. Ukrainian and European veterinarians tried to help the animal, but in vain.
The white rhino was brought to the Kyiv zoo from Germany on Oct. 13, 1972, and was regarded as a pet to several generations of Kyians.
The animal was taken from the wilds in the South African province of Natal sometime between 1968–1970. It was at the Kyiv zoo where she got her name.
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Despite her nickname, Tryvoha was a very gentle animal. “When she arrived to Kyiv from Germany she was very fearful, afraid of loud sounds and sudden movements,” the Kyiv zoo press service explained.
Tryvoha did not leave descendants. Rhinos normally do not breed in captivity.
In the wild, rhinos live up to 40 years. Over 20,000 animals exist in protected areas and private game reserves. Some 99 percent of world’s white rhinos' population live in four countries –South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.