One of five remaining northern white rhinos dies

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One Of Five Remaining Northern White Rhinos Dies

One of the last five extant northern white rhinoceroses died in a zoo northeast of Prague, Czech Republic on Monday.

The rhino, named Nabiré, passed away after suffering from complications due to a ruptured cyst, the Dvur Kralove Zoo noted in a post on Facebook.

Zoo director Premysl Rabas said, "Her death is a symbol of the catastrophic decline of rhinos due to a senseless human greed. Her species is on the very brink of extinction."

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the northern white rhinoceros faces total extinction due to a combination of human factors including wars in Africa and the hunting and poaching of the species.

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One of five remaining northern white rhinos dies
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY AYMERIC VINCENOT A family of White-Rhinos is seen on August 7, 2014 at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary, in the Laikipia county, approximately 300 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the 'war' against poaching. Kenya continues to lose precious wild animals with poachers having killed 26 rhinos and 111 elephants so far this year. Last year, 59 rhinos and 389 elephants were slain. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY AYMERIC VINCENOT A male White-Rhino and a calf are seen on August 7, 2014 at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary, in the Laikipia county, approximately 300 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the 'war' against poaching. Kenya continues to lose precious wild animals with poachers having killed 26 rhinos and 111 elephants so far this year. Last year, 59 rhinos and 389 elephants were slain. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY AYMERIC VINCENOT A male White-Rhino and a calf are seen on August 7, 2014 at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary, in the Laikipia county, approximately 300 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the 'war' against poaching. Kenya continues to lose precious wild animals with poachers having killed 26 rhinos and 111 elephants so far this year. Last year, 59 rhinos and 389 elephants were slain. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY AYMERIC VINCENOT A White-Rhinos is seen on August 7, 2014 at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary, in the Laikipia county, approximately 300 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the 'war' against poaching. Kenya continues to lose precious wild animals with poachers having killed 26 rhinos and 111 elephants so far this year. Last year, 59 rhinos and 389 elephants were slain. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY AYMERIC VINCENOT A family of White-Rhinos is seen on August 7, 2014 at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary, in the Laikipia county, approximately 300 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the 'war' against poaching. Kenya continues to lose precious wild animals with poachers having killed 26 rhinos and 111 elephants so far this year. Last year, 59 rhinos and 389 elephants were slain. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY AYMERIC VINCENOT White-Rhinos are seen on August 7, 2014 at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary, in the Laikipia county, approximately 300 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the 'war' against poaching. Kenya continues to lose precious wild animals with poachers having killed 26 rhinos and 111 elephants so far this year. Last year, 59 rhinos and 389 elephants were slain. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY AYMERIC VINCENOT White-Rhinos are seen on August 7, 2014 at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary, in the Laikipia county, approximately 300 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the 'war' against poaching. Kenya continues to lose precious wild animals with poachers having killed 26 rhinos and 111 elephants so far this year. Last year, 59 rhinos and 389 elephants were slain. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
KENYA - 2013/10/29: White rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) at Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
KENYA - 2013/10/29: Tourists watching White rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) crossing the road at Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
With only six white rhinos left on the planet, extinction of the species seems imminent.
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Anticipating the complete loss of the species, scientists at the zoo preserved Nabiré's genetic material with the hope that an embryo could be bred artificially sometime in the future.

The four other northern white rhinos still alive are Nola at the San Diego Zoo and Sudan, Najin and Fatu who live on Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Nabiré was a rarity among the increasingly rare species herself, being one of the few white rhinos born in captivity. She was born in the zoo on November 15, 1983. She was 31-years-old.
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