“Fatu,” one of only eight northern white rhinos known to exist in the world, rests in her cage at the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic on Dec. 17. Three days later she and three others were shipped to Kenya for what conservationists hope will be the start of recovery for one of the world’s most endangered large mammals.
The four were taken to the Communist-era zoo in the 1960s in a bid to create an African safari park. The relatively colder climate meant the animals spent most of their lives in small concrete cells. Back then, no one ever expected these would be some of the last living northern whites on the planet.