Rhino Relapse

Deaths among rare rhinos leave scientists scratching their heads.

BRUCE WILLIAMS, THE VICE PRESIDENT for conservation at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, had hoped that the worst was over for the facility’s four black rhinoceroses once they were relocated from southern Africa after years of negotiations with the Zimbabwean government. In fact, not much could be worse than the crisis the huge beasts were facing in their native land. In the past twenty years, poachers had stalked the animals so relentlessly that the once-thriving population of tens of thousands had plummeted to a mere three thousand. (That’s the official count. “It’s probably lower

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