Friday, August 19, 2022

RHINO SPENDS GOLDEN YEARS AT AUDUBON ZOO, NEW ORLEANS “Macite” – Oldest Female White Rhino in the World

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New Orleans, USA — The oldest female Southern white rhino in the world lives at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

Macite is 48 years old. She’s been at Audubon Zoo since 1998, when animal experts added her to Audubon’s group in a successful effort to stimulate breeding between the established pair of the group, Saba and Yvonne.

“Yvonne and Saba just weren’t breeding,” said Audubon Zoo general curator Rick Dietz. “But when Macite joined the group, she stirred things up enough to get some activity going, and Yvonne produced a baby in 2003.”

Today, Macite is on supplements for arthritis, but otherwise shows little evidence of her advancing years. Curators hope she continues to ignite sparks between Saba and Yvonne.

“Another birth would be a significant contribution to the white rhino population,” said Dietz. “Even though Macite has no offspring of her own, she has played a major role in helping her species survive.”

Southern white rhinos live about 45 years in zoos. A male rhino in Germany holds the world record as the oldest white rhino in the world at 53 years of age.

Native to Africa, increasing numbers of white rhinos are encouraging to conservationists, as rhinos rebounded from a dangerously small population a century ago to more than 15,000 today.

Macite, Yvonne and Saba are all seen at Audubon Zoo’s African Savanna exhibit.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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