Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, died on Monday from “age-related complications”.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya reported that the 45-year-old animal had to be euthanized, as he could no longer stand on his feet.
It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvůr Králové Zoo announce that Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, age 45, died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19th, 2018 (yesterday). #SudanForever #TheLoneBachelorGone #Only2Left pic.twitter.com/1ncvmjZTy1
— Ol Pejeta (@OlPejeta) March 20, 2018
Along with two females, Sudan was part of an ambitious attempt to save the sub-species from total extinction.
The rhino was transported from the Dver Kralove Zoo, Czech Republic, to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where he lived with the last two females, 27-year old Najin and 17-year-old Fatu.
Last year, conservationists put Sudan on the dating app Tinder to raise $9 million for fertility treatment, after all the attempts to get him to mate naturally failed.
Richard Vigne, the Conservancy CEO, remembers Sudan as an ambassador for his species who helped raise awareness of the plight facing many other species on the verge of extinction due to uncontrolled human activity.
Many high profile supporters shared their devastation over the loss. Bindi Irwin, actress and conservationist from Australia, sent her condolences to Ol Pejeta, saying that the Conservancy lost a family member.
Today was heartbreaking for us all as the world says goodbye to Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino on Earth. We are sending all our love to the team at @OlPejeta who have lost part of their family today. Now, more than ever, we must stand together and protect our rhinos. pic.twitter.com/uTX2kmUjEL
— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) March 20, 2018
Source: The Sun