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A rare rhino's death means there's just 3 left on Earth — but there's hope.

Time is ticking on the fate of the northern white rhino.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, there were a total of four northern white rhinos on our planet.

On Sunday, Nov. 22, that number dropped to three.


RIP Nola. All images from San Diego Zoo Safari Park/YouTube.

Nola, a very rare and beloved rhino, died of an infection at the San Diego Zoo on Sunday.

The zoo had been her home since 1989.

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Nola, a critically endangered northern white rhino who lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park," the zoo wrote on its Facebook page.

"This is a very difficult loss for the animal care staff who worked with her, our volunteers, guests, and to her species worldwide."

Nola's death puts her species in a very precarious situation — one that, sadly, could have been prevented.

As recently as the 1960s, there were more than 2,000 northern white rhinos living in the wild. But poaching and civil wars in their native habitat have led to the species' rapid decline. Today, the three surviving northern white rhinos are living in captivity at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

The last male rhino, Sudan, is guarded by armed rangers 24 hours a day, seven days a week for protection.

That's how serious the threat against him is.

Scientists and conservationists are racing against time to prevent the northern white rhino from going extinct.

The chances of 42-year-old Sudan successfully mating are slim to none, which means scientists are getting extra science-y in considering assisted reproductive techniques.

The San Diego Zoo, where Nola lived, has a "Frozen Zoo" that has been preserving cell samples of these rare white rhinos. And Ol Pejeta in Kenya hopes to explore in vitro fertilization and an embryo transfer to help with reproduction. They've started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for it.

"The future of the species now depends on the success of assisted methods of reproductions as the surviving rhinos are not capable of mating," Ol Pejeta Conservancy said on Facebook.

Is it worth all this effort just to bring the northern white rhino population back up to four?

"We wish we could give you the ultimate answer," Ol Pejeta says. "But beyond sheer, inspirational beauty, the maintenance of global biodiversity and the chance to see wild rhinos roaming free in central Africa at some stage in the future, we can't."

Nola's death sparked the hashtag #Nola4ever, which reflects a similar sentiment.

"We all love Nola so much, and she will be missed immensely," said one Facebook commenter. "Thank you to those who took such great care of her and to those who continue to fight to end extinction."

Fighting to end extinction can have positive results — rhino species have bounced back from near-extinction extinction before. Southern white rhinos were once thought to be goners, but thanks to successful protection and management, over 20,000 of them exist today, according to the World Wildlife Fund. That's nothing to sneeze at.

Let's hope the northern white rhino will bounce back too. If you want to show support for the San Diego Zoo and help keep these special rhinos on our planet, you can get involved here.

Images provided by Pacifico

Making waves in the best way

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At last, summer is here. And for many people, that means it's time for heading to the beach and maybe even catching some waves. Surfing is a quintessential summertime activity for those who live in coastal communities—it’s not only really fun and challenging, it’s also a great way to celebrate Mother Nature’s beauty. Even after a wipeout, the cool water mixed with warm sunshine offers a certain kind of euphoria. Or, you know, just hanging back on the sand is plenty fun too. Simply being outdoors near the ocean is its own reward.

pacifico quiksilver beach cleanupLet’s protect the places where outdoor adventure happensAll photos provided by Pacifico

However, it's well known that our beautiful beaches are suffering the consequences of overcrowding, pollution and littering. What was once a way of playing in nature is now slowly destroying it. And of course, this affects beachgoers everywhere. The sad truth is—without taking action to preserve all the natural joys the earth provides, we will eventually lose them.

But there is hope. Two popular brands that both have roots in surf culture have teamed up to help make trips to the beach a more sustainable pastime. The best part? You don’t have to know how to hang ten in order to participate.

Pacifico®, a pilsner-style lager originally brought to the U.S. by surfers, and Quiksilver, an iconic apparel company loved by both surfers and beach goers alike, have created a brand-new range of clothing and accessories with sustainability in mind.

Take a look below. These threads are great for all kinds of fun in the sun, without compromising the environment.

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The collection launches on July 5 and includes tees and woven shirts, boardshorts, hats, flip-flops and a special beach towel and tote bag. The unique collaboration features the vibrant, colorful designs that are the hallmark of Quiksilver combined with Pacifico elements, created to make a positive impact.

Each item has been thoughtfully curated to minimize an environmental footprint and protect the outdoors. The hats, for example, are made from NetPlus® by Bureo®, a raw material created from South American recycled fishing nets. Additionally, the board shorts are made from recycled plastic bottles, and tees are made with 100% organic cotton. Pretty rad stuff, to put it in surfer lingo.

The prices on these pieces are equally rad, ranging from $28 flip-flops to $60 boardshorts.

In keeping with the sustainable ethos and protecting the places we play, Pacifico and Quiksilver will celebrate the products’ launch by hosting two beach cleanups. The first is on July 5 at Sunset Point in Malibu, California, from 4-5:30pm, and the second is on July 9th at Deerfield Beach in Florida from 8:30 – 10:30am.

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Theses beach cleanups are open to anyone over the age of 21 who’s ready to have some fun while taking care of nature’s playground.

Those who can’t make it to the beach (bummer, dude) don’t have to miss out on all the fun. The new collection will be available on July 5th at www.quiksilver.com/mens-collab-pacifico. And even if you don’t surf, never plan to surf, have no desire to even be near a surfboard, rest assured, the apparel is still cool. Plus sustainable choices are always good fashion.

Our planet provides us with an endless supply of beauty and adventure. But without more mindful actions from humanity, its natural wonders will eventually diminish. Fortunately Pacifico and Quiksilver are making it easier than ever for people to enjoy the great outdoors without jeopardizing it. That’s a wave worth riding.

This article originally appeared on 09.06.17


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