Africa World’s last male northern white rhino dies aged 45

World’s last male northern white rhino dies aged 45

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World’s last male northern white rhino dies aged 45

The world’s last male northern white rhino named Sudan has died of old age-related complications at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya, the wildlife conservancy announced Tuesday.

In a statement, the conservancy said: “It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvur Kralove Zoo announce that Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, age 45, has died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.”

Ol Pejeta Chief Executive Officer Richard Vigne told Anadolu Agency veterinary scientists had been treating Sudan for age-related problems at the conservancy and the Dvur Kralove Zoo before he developed complications that put him in great pain and caused skin and muscle wounds.

“Kenya Wildlife Service, Ol Pejeta, Dvur Kralove Zoo and the veterinary team made a decision to euthanize him,” Vigne said.

The conservancy continues to take care of two female northern white rhinos — Najin and Fatu – who are also suffering from various health complications and were infertile.

Vigne said he was saddened by the fact that Sudan’s death means a certain extinction of the northern white rhino species.

“They [northern white rhinos] used to be prolific across Northern Africa and have been reduced by poaching due to the demand of its horn,” he said.

According to experts, Sudan was 45 “in rhino years”, which is close to above 100 in human years.

Sudan’s semen has been stored in hopes that one-day science might be able to bring back the majestic giant to life.

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