RIP Sudan: World’s last male northern white rhino has passed away

It’s the news no one wanted to hear.

The world’s last male northern white rhino has died. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya announced the devastating development.

Sudan was 45.

“We on Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death. 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. One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists world wide,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s chief executive officer.

Sudan started falling ill late last year. In recent weeks, his condition worsened.

The tough decision was made to humanely euthanize the aging rhino.

There are only two female white northern rhinos left in the world.

“Unfortunately, Sudan’s death leaves just two female northern white rhinos on the planet; his daughter Najin and her daughter Fatu, who remain at Ol Pejeta,” the facility said.

Sudan’s genetic material was collected in hope it could be used in cellular and reproductive technologies.

Sudan will be missed by all who knew him.

This is a huge loss for the world.

Sudan in his final days at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

But also an opportunity to remember him, remind ourselves what he contributed and what we have done to the species.

“Sudan will be remembered for his unusually memorable life,” the conservancy said. “In the 1970s, he escaped extinction of his kind in the wild when he was moved to Dvůr Králové Zoo. Throughout his existence, he significantly contributed to survival of his species as he sired two females.”

Photos Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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