World last male northern white rhino dies
2018-03-20 15:16:00

The world’s last male northern white rhino died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on Monday dashing hopes of a revival of the subspecies.

Sudan, 45, the white rhino was undergoing age-related treatment for the last few months. Keeping in view the worsening condition, veterinarian team from the Dv?r Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service decided to euthanize him.

With the death of Sudan, only two northern white rhinos—both female—has been left on this planet. Surviving white rhinos Najin and Fatu are daughters of Sudan.

Experts are running against time to preserve the rhino subspecies through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) techniques using eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white rhino semen samples from now-deceased males, and surrogate southern white rhino females.

“We at Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death. He was an amazing rhino, 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,” said Ol Pejeta Conservancy CEO Richard Vigne.

The rhino population worldwide is witnessing a massive decline. Poachers are killing these pachyderms on a large scale for their horn. The consumer demand in China and Vietnam drives most of this demand in the past decade.

South Africa has been witnessing brutal poaching of one rhino every three days. The country is losing more than 1,000 rhinos each year since 2013. Rhino horns are trafficked to China and Vietnam for use in purported health tonics and carvings.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram