Hopes are high at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park that the six newly arrived southern white rhinos, as yet unnamed, may someday earn the same elevated status as the panda Hua Mei and the condor Sisquoc.
Hua Mei and Sisquoc are celebrated figures in the race to prevent the extinction of species that once roamed the Earth but have been ravaged by modernity.
Hua Mei was born at the zoo in 1999; Sisquoc was hatched there in 1983. Each has gone on to help repopulate their species.
Now, much of the attention of zookeepers and conservation specialists has turned to the plight...