The world’s last male northern white rhino is on death watch and we cannot help but get sad
The world’s last surviving male northern white rhino is ill and is probably going to die. If you like to be informed about extinct and endangered animals, you would know that Sudan made headlines few years ago. Tinder had called him “most eligible bachelor in the world” as he was the only male among three northern white rhinos to survive. They did so for a Campaign to raise funds for these endangered subspecies.
At 45, considered elderly in rhino years, the animal lives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya with two female northern white rhinos — Fatu and Najin. They are the last three northern white rhinos.
Ol Pejeta tweeted on March 1st 2018 “So many people have supported the northern white rhinos since they arrived on Ol Pejeta in 2009, and we feel it is important to inform you that Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet, is starting to show signs of ailing.”
“We don’t think he will last for much longer,said Elodie A. Sampere, a spokeswoman at Ol Pejeta confirmed.
Here is all you need to know about what happened to him – Sudan developed an age-related infection on his back right leg last year. It was assessed and treated, and he resumed normal movement in January.
A secondary infection developed beneath the initial one, and it’s not responding to treatment.
Sampere said “Euthanasia will be explored if we feel he is suffering too much and won’t recover, We do not want him to suffer unnecessarily. Right now he is still feeding and walking around … albeit very little.”
Najin and Fatu are both capable of reproducing but the surrogacy process is complicated and pricey.This isnt the only problem, The rhinos also get 24-hour anti-poaching security in Kenya, a country where poaching is a big problem. The animals are poached for its horns, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars because some believe it has medicinal value. The illegal rhino horn trade has even helped finance the terrorist group al-Shabab, which has made millions slaughtering rhinos and elephants for ivory.
Even if they conceive now, there is another problem. Sampere said “Giving birth to just one rhino won’t save the species,we need at least 10″.