Last Of His Kind
Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhinoceros, died in Kenya on Monday.
He has said to have died due to “age-related complications”, researchers announced, saying he “stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength”.
A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said 45-year-old Sudan was put to sleep after his condition “worsened significantly” and he was no longer able to stand.
His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds, with a deep infection on his back right leg. Sudan was captured in Sudan in 1975 when he was just two years old and was taken to Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic.
But as that zoo fell into financial troubles and rhinos failed to breed, Sudan was relocated in 2009 to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Laikipia County, Kenya, along with two northern white rhino females named Najin and Fatu.
Celebrity In His Own Right
Sudan had been part of an ambitious effort to save the species from extinction after decades of decimation from poachers. Joseph Thaida, who took care of Sudan at the conservancy since 2012, remembers him as an affectionate and gentle rhino who had his picture taken with tourists and served as the centerpiece of publicity stunts.
Sudan even got his own Tinder profile last year, to bring attention to the plight of his sub-species and direct donations to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for research on assisted reproductive technologies for rhinos.
“He was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity,” said the Conservancy’s CEO, Richard Vigne.
Although Sudan was the last of his kind thanks to the newly developed techniques he may still be able to father children due to artificial insemination according to the statement from the conservancy.
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