– Sudan died on Monday ,March 19, after suffering old-age related complications which weakened his muscles and tissues
– Doctors attending to him said his condition worsened and he was unable to stand up
– Fortunately, conservationists managed to extract his genetic materials which they hope to use to enhance reproduction of Northern White Rhinos through advanced cellular technology
– Sudan left behind a daughter and grand-daughter
The world’s last male Northern White Rhino Sudan, passed on at Ol Pejeta Conservancy on Monday, March 19, after suffering old-age complications.
The vagaries of aging led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones which combined with extensive skin wounds.
His condition worsened significantly and he was unable to stand up.
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The veterinary team from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him.
“We at 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 CEO.
Africans and Kenyans particularly have continued to mourn the 45-year-old rhino whose loss is a big blow to wildlife conservation efforts in the country and world at large.
In an effort to protect his species and find Sudan a mate, conservationists opened him an account on dating site Tinder with his complete profile.
The campaign which was launched on Tuesday April 25, was a partnership between Tinder and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Central Kenya to help raise KSh 90 million needed to protect the Northern White Rhino from extinction.
Sudan will be remembered for his unusually memorable life.
In the 1970s, he escaped extinction of his kind in the wild when he was moved to Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic before coming to Kenya.
Doctors attending to him managed to collect his genetic materials which they hope will enhance reproduction of the Northern White Rhinos through advanced cellular technology.
His death left only two of his kind on the planet, his daughter, Najin and grand daughter, Fatu both of whom are surviving at Ol Pejeta.
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