Kyle and Emma's trip to the zoo!
On March 18, 2011, Kyle Channell and Emma Best visited the Columbus Zoo to conduct research on endangered animal species. Although the zoo houses and supports many endangered animals, we were only able to see koala bears, eastern barred bandicoots, Bengal tigers, and black rhinos. Of these, the black rhino is the most endangered. There are only 2,600 left in the world, and most of these are in zoos. Between 1970 and 1994, 95% of black rhinos were wiped out by poachers for their horns and tough skin.
There once were 8 tiger species, but 3 of these became extinct in the 20th century. Hunting and deforestation have reduced the remaining numbers of tigers to around 2,500.