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Sudan, The Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies In Kenyan Reserve

The world’s last surviving male northern white Rhino died after having months health issues said his carers.

 

Sudan was put to sleep in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on Monday after age related health issues worsened.

He is now survived by his daughter and grand daughter the last two females of the sub species in the world.
The only hope in preserving the sub species now lies in developing in vitro fertilization techniques.

 

Why is this sub species of rhinos so rare?

There are five species of Rhinoceroses and they are the second-largest land mammal after elephants. There are two sub species of  white rhinoceros: the southern white rhino, with an estimated 20,000 living in the wild, and the much rarer and critically endangered northern white rhino.

 

After the natural death of a second male in late 2014, Sudan was the last surviving male of the rarer variety. He was the equivalent of 90 in human years,

 

The poaching crisis of the 1970s and 1980s was the main reason for the population wipe out of the subspecies’ in Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad. Poaching was fuelled by demand for rhino horn for use in traditional Chinese medicine in Asia, and for dagger handles in Yemen.

The last few dozen wild northern white rhinos in the Democratic Republic of Congo had been killed in fighting by the early 2000s.

In the early 2000’s, the last few dozens of the wild northern white rhinos in Democratic Republic of Congo had been killed in fighting

By 2008, the northern white rhino was considered extinct in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

 

What was the reason for Sudan’s Death?

The elderly rhino was being treated for degenerative changes in his muscles and bones, combined with extensive skin wounds.

 

Unable to stand up and suffering a great deal in his last 24 hours, Sudan was put down by veterinarians at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, according to an official tweet.

 

“Sudan was the last northern white rhino that was born in the wild,” said Jan Stejskal of Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, where Sudan lived until 2009.

 

“His death is a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him,” Mr Stejskal said, according to the AFP news agency.

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