The world’s last male northern white rhino has died, leaving behind only 2 female rhinos of the same subspecies, after the population was decimated due to poaching.
The male rhino, named Sudan, was 45 years old (or 90 in human years.)
Samuel Mutisya, the head of OL Pejeta, stated, “It’s a very sad thing to lose Sudan because then it amplifies, it shows clearly the extent of human greed. The death of Sudan actually shows that clearly that if we don’t take care of what we have, we will definitely continue to lose it, and particularly lose other species that are currently endangered.”
Sudan was put to sleep by veterinarians at the wildlife conservancy where he lived. He was suffering from age-related problems.
Veterinarian Dr. Stephen Ngulu, “Sunday morning, he completely was unable to wake up. His left hind foot gave in completely he was unable to support himself on it and he was not able now to rise. So, then that led us to decide, as veterinarians we decided to evaluate the quality of life and advise stakeholders that this available option would be the better option to alleviate pain, suffering.”
The two remaining female northern white rhinos, Najin and Fatu, are Sudan’s daughter and granddaughter. They also live at OL Pejeta wildlife conservancy and scientists are hoping to artificially inseminate one of the females using Sudan’s genetic material. If that fails, they will continue to try breeding the females with a similar species of rhino, the southern white rhino.