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World's last male northern rhino dies at the age of 45
Posted on: 20-03-2018 , 03:32:PM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: BBC

March 20, 2018: Sudan, the world's last remaining male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at age 45.

As per reports, his death leaves only two females - his daughter (Najin) and granddaughter (Fatu) - of the subspecies alive in the world.
The “gentle giant” who lived in the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya, was put down on Monday after the pain from a degenerative illness worsened. As per sources, the veterinary team said they had euthanized him after his condition worsened over the weekend, leaving him with bad skin wounds. The rhino was unable to stand and was visibly suffering.
Sudan, who was 45, survived the species’ near-extinction in the 1970s and was taken to a zoo in the Czech Republic. He was eventually moved back to Africa.
The hope for continuing the species lies in artificially inseminating either Najin or her daughter, Fatu. Sudan's genetic material was collected on Monday, conservationists said, to support future attempts to reproduce northern white rhinos through advanced cellular technologies, using stored semen and eggs.
Sudan was listed as "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World" by Tinder last year in partnership with the conservancy, in a campaign to heighten awareness and raise $9 million to save the species.
African rhinos have been decimated by poachers killing them to meet demand for their horns, primarily in Vietnam and China, where the horn is used in jewelry and traditional medicines.
“We can only hope that the world learns from the sad loss of Sudan and takes every measure to end all trade in rhino horn,” said Peter Knights, the chief executive of San Francisco-based conservation organization WildAid.
 
 

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