Taxidermy specimen of the Northern White Rhino. Made from the skin of an animal collected by Percy Powell-Cotton in 1905 during his expedition to the Congo.
Type specimen (first to be discovered) and therefore of huge scientific importance. Now representative of an essentially extinct sub-species. Named after and discovered by Percy Powell-Cotton.
This is the type specimen of the Northern White Rhino, meaning that it was the first to be scientifically catagorised as a seperate sub-species from other rhino. It’s Latin name is cottoni, reflecting the man who discovered it. This species is now essentially extinct in the wild and an icon of the difficulty to survive that many species face thanks to the impact of humans.
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