Potter Park Zoo’s last rhino dies

JEREMY HERLICZEK/Lansing State Journal file photoPotter Park Zoo’s last remaining black rhino is dead.

The rare animal died Sunday evening.

“I think her immune system just gave out,” said zoo veterinarian Tara Harrison.

Ebony had suffered more than a year with a bacterial infection that had caused severe damage to each of her feet and prompted multiple surgeries.

Her feet were on the mend, but in the meantime, the rhino developed pneumonia and had become anemic.

Throughout last week, the 14-year-old animal became weak and experienced difficulty in getting up.

“Then on Sunday, she wouldn’t get up,” Harrison said.

The zoo, which is located in Lansing, lost a male black rhino in February. That animal, named Spike, died unexpectedly of an undetermined illness.

Harrison said the zoo, which is maintained by Ingham County, will go ahead with plans to expand its rhino exhibit and get ready to host new rhinos next spring.

“We’re going to go forward,” Harrison said.

Read more on this report in Wednesday’s Lansing State Journal.

Lansing State Journal


  1. #1 by Koen on April 18, 2008 - 1:12 pm

    What a traggic! I hope this doesn’t stop the rhino breeding program in that zoo. Hopefuly they will find another black rhino

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