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Monarto Safari Park launch investigation into white rhino deaths as third dies in Australian Zoo

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Australian zoo launches investigation after its THIRD white rhino calf death in just four years – as 15-month-old succumbs to a ‘major trauma injury’

  • Monarto Safari Park in South Australia launch investigation after third rhino dies
  • 15month-old white rhino calf Eshe died from a ‘major trauma injury’ last week
  • Two other calves died of a similar nature – Imani in 2019 and Tundu in 2017
  • Experts believe genetic condition could be responsible for the rhino calf deaths 










An investigation is underway after a third southern white rhino died at a popular South Australian wildlife park. 

Eshe, a 15month old rhino calf, died at Monarto Safari Park in South Australia last week after a major trauma caused internal bleeding. 

The zoo is now launching an investigation after the deaths of two other rhino calves – Imani in 2019 and Tundu in 2017.

A third southern white rhino has died at Monarto Safari Park prompting an investigation (pictured, a different white rhino calf)

A third southern white rhino has died at Monarto Safari Park prompting an investigation (pictured, a different white rhino calf)

Both rhinos were of a similar age to Eshe and also died from internal bleeding. 

Monarto Safari Park took to Facebook on Monday saying they were heartbroken over the passing of Eshe’s. 

‘The 15-month old Southern White Rhino had been showing signs of discomfort over Thursday and Friday, and so vets were caring for her and mum Umqali in an off limit area,’ it wrote.   

‘While signs initially looked positive, during Friday evening Eshe’s condition deteriorated and she died overnight. 

‘The mother of all these calves, Umquali, has shown all the best maternal attributes being both protective and caring in their upbringing.

‘Staff observations and previous camera footage have shown nothing negative in regard to interaction between mother and daughter or our other female rhinos.’

The park added it made a number of changes after the death of Imani and Tundu, but it couldn’t ignore the similarity between the rhinos’ deaths.  

The park has announced an investigation after Ehshe died last week from internal bleeding after major trauma - experts believe a generic condition may be responsible (pictured, white rhinos in a Monarto Park enclosure)

The park has announced an investigation after Ehshe died last week from internal bleeding after major trauma – experts believe a generic condition may be responsible (pictured, white rhinos in a Monarto Park enclosure)

‘The coincidental nature of these deaths is difficult to ignore so we will be carrying out more testing in regards to both Eshe’s death (from the post mortem) and with both parents as well,’ it said. 

Experts suspect a genetic condition was responsible for the death after sharing the same mother. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Zoos South Australia. 

There are less than 15,000 Southern White Rhinoceros left in the wild. New calf are extremely important to the region for population and breeding purposes. 

The wide-mouthed mammal historically roamed freely across the continent but saw rapid population decline amid poaching and the destruction of its habitat.

An adult southern white rhino – which takes it name from the Afrikaans word ‘wyd’, or wide, in reference to its broad muzzle – can reach more than three tonnes.

They are listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species, with three of the five species – the Javan, Sumatran and Black Rhinoceros -are critically endangered.

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