The world’s last surviving white male northern rhinoceros is no more. Loving named and known all over the world as Sudan, the 45-year-old majestic beast breathed his last in his Kenyan conservatory home Ol Pejeta Conservancy on Monday, March 19. Sudan was the last male of his species and is succeeded by his daughter and granddaughter.
“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 worldwide,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO in a statement posted on Facebook.
Sudan succumbed to old age problems and had been suffering for a long time. His last few days saw him suffer from degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. In the last 24 hours his conditioned worsened which made his team of veterinary doctors at Dvůr Králové Zoo decide to euthanize him.
Sudan being the only surviving male of his species escaped extinction by poaching in 1970 when he was captured from the wild to live in the conservancy. He was given a 24*7 armed body guard to protect him from poaching making him the loneliest rhino in the world. After his death, advanced cellular technology and IVF remain the only hope for his species to survive. Before his death, his DNA samples and semen were collected and stored.