Fausta, with her 57 years, the oldest known black rhino in the world, has died. This is reported by the Ngorongoro Nature Park in Tanzania, where she stayed.
Fausta died a natural death on Friday, reports the park. The black rhino lived most of her life in total freedom in Ngorongoro, in the north of Tanzania. In the last three years of her life, she was closely followed in a more enclosed part of the park. Her health had deteriorated dramatically after being attacked several times by hyenas.
The animal was first spotted in 1965 near the Ngorongoro crater by a scientist from the University of Dar Es Salaam. Fausta was 3 to 4 years old at the time.
Rhinoceroses typically live an average of 37 to 43 years in the wild. In captivity, they reach an average age of 50 years. Before Fausta, Sana was the oldest known rhino in the world. The white rhino was 55 years old when she died in a French natural park in 2017.