Sudan, the world’s last remaining White Male Rhino died on Tuesday Morning, March 20, 2018, after prolonged sickness, made the worse by his advanced age. He was 45 and has been a resident of Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia County, Kenya since 2009.
He was born in 1973, in Sudan, (now South Sudan) a member of the Rhinocerotidae family, that lived in the north east part of Africa, while his kin, the Southern White Rhino elected to live in the Southern part of the continent. Wildly popular, Sudan has in the recent times been in the news as the most eligible bachelor, so much that he even joined the dating site Tinder, if only to raise money to save his kin.
He was moved to Kenya in 2009, then critically endangered. He settled in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, for the Last Chance to Survive Programme along with three other Northern Rhinoceroses. Ol Pejeta was supposed to be a more natural habitat for the animals to induce breeding.
“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,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO.
He was the father of Nabire and Najin. Nabire was born in 1983 and died in the Czech Republic. Najin was born in 1989 and was brought to Ol Pejeta Conservancy with the father in 2009. Sudan is now survived with Najin and Najin’s daughter, Fatu.
He had been sick in recent times because of old age, leading to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. Since Monday, he was unable to stand, according to CEO. He was in so much pain, the veterinary decide to euthanize him.
Now, only his daughter and granddaughter remain as members of his species, with the extinction of the species inexorable, unless science intervenes.