The Little Rock Zoo is sad to report the death of Navasha, a 33-year-old black rhinoceros living at the Zoo since 2008.
Navasha died in her exhibit Sunday afternoon, according to Zoo staff. The animal had been showing signs of illness for several days including blood in her urine and diarrhea and had also been lethargic and rejecting food.
Zoo veterinarian staff had completed a standing sedation to treat the animal’s condition on Saturday and the rhino appeared to be in stable condition following the procedure. However, when Zoo staff arrived early Sunday morning Navasha’s condition had worsened and the animal later died in her exhibit.
A necropsy was immediately performed on the rhino. Initial results showed abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract. Full results of the necropsy will be available at a later date.
The median life expectancy for a black rhino living in a Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is 17.8 years.
Navasha was transferred to the Little Rock Zoo from the Lincoln Park Zoo to be a companion for Johari, an 18-year-old black rhino living at the Zoo since 1995. Zoo staff report that Johari is doing well. The Zoo is also home to Sue, a 43-year-old white rhino.