Kenyan conservancy euthanises last male northern white rhino; only two females remain
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Yesterday, Kenya's announced they had the last male , , on Monday, after consulting with wildlife officials. Sudan was 45-years-old, and now only two northern white rhinos, both female and descendants of Sudan, remain.
"Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds", the conservancy said. "His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal", they added.
Sudan, who was born in the early 1970s, suffered a wound in his right hind leg in late February. He was born in South Sudan, and at that time around 700 northern white rhinos were alive.
Sudan was in captivity for the last 38 years. Earlier, he was kept at the Czech Republic before he was moved to Kenya. He stayed in a 90 thousand acre (about 140 square mile, 364 square kilometre) reserve with the only two remaining female northern white rhinos, 27-year-old Najin and seventeen-year-old Fatu. Najin and Fatu are Sudan's daughter and granddaughter, respectively.in
Ol Pejeta said they collected Sudan's genetic material on Monday. The conservancy said, "The only hope for the preservation of thenow lies in developing techniques using eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white rhino semen from males and surrogate females."
Ol Pejeta's CEO, Richard Vigne, said Sudan "was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally on the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unstable human activity".
In 2008, thedeclared northern white rhinos extinct in the wild.
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