Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies


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After months of declining health, the last male Northern White Rhino in the world has died in Kenya.

The death of Sudan, who lived to be 45-years of age, means there are only two surviving Northern White Rhinos left – both female.

According to the BBC the population of Northern White Rhinos in Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad were “largely wiped out during the poaching crisis of the 1970’s and 80’s” when the demand for rhino horns increased.

“Sudan was the last northern white rhino that was born in the wild,” Jan Stejskal of Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, where Sudan lived until 2009, told the AFP News Agency. “His death is a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him.”

The wildlife conservancy in Kenya, where Sudan lived out the remainder of his years, tweeted, “The only hope for the preservation of this subspecies now lies in developing in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques using eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white semen from males and surrogate southern white rhino females.”