On Monday, the last Northern white male rhino in Africa, Sudan breathed his last. The world mourned his loss and condolences poured in. There were sorry statuses shared on social media for not having done enough to save Sudan’s species and on poaching. Bollywood too joined in on the mourning with several lamenting and expressing anger at the same time.Varun Dhawan
The Judwaa 2 actor took to Instagram to share an image of the majestic rhino. He highlighted the importance of conservation and how we as human beings have failed the species. While Varun has previously never really talked of conservation, this sure marks a start for the actor.Anushka Sharma
RIP Sudan. Your species survived a million years & could have survived a lot more had we been more careful. The last African white male rhino passes away and just like that - the species is extinct. What. Are. We. Doing? #WeDidThis #SudansLegacy pic.twitter.com/u4PYYLX6cM
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) March 21, 2018
The bubbly actor put up a not so bubbly tweet talking about the lack of conservation. She mentioned how Sudan’s species had survived for thousands of years and could have gone on for much longer with a little human care and appreciation. The actress has previously expressed her anger over animal cruelty.
Can you imagine the world we live in ? Hurting a voiceless being that is being used to carry humans around for nothing all day !! Shame shame shame on these ‘humans’. Aches my heart to see such brutality by my own kind ! Sickening ! pic.twitter.com/2t13KEug1d
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) March 17, 2018
Sudan, the last male northern white #rhino on our planet, died yesterday at 45 in Kenya, leaving only 2 females of this subspecies left goo.gl/XCVtKw Let us use our collective will to ensure we do not cause the extinction of any other wild species. #WildForLife Photo credit - Georgina Goodwin/Barcoft Media #RememberingSudan #SudanForever
The actress and former beauty queen is possibly Bollywood’s most environment conscious personality. From time to time she has talked about waste management and sustainable living. With Sudan’s death, it was only natural that she spoke out. The actress is currently campaigning for protection of Snow leopards who are an endangered species in India.
Are you brave, fierce, elegant, and mysterious? Then you're like a snow leopard - and you belong on my team! Join me on Team Snow Leopard for the #WildforLife Big Cat Challenge and help our kindred species win a donation to important conservation work. https://t.co/8ySBaTDQJH pic.twitter.com/fUipdSSi6p
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) March 3, 2018
One of the only Bollywood celebrities to have met Sudan, the actress traveled to Kenya to Ol Pejeta Conservancy as part of a program to campaign for white rhino protection. She took to Instagram, posting a picture of her posing with Sudan in the conservancy.Jacqueline Fernandez
The Judwaa 2 actress too voiced her concern for animal protection and conservation after Sudan’s death. She highlighted the failure of her species to protect his.For these celebrities, conservation seems to be a real concern. While their stardom can help bring more focus to protection efforts, it remains to be manifested in real acts.