Last male northern white rhino dies
March 20, 2018 -- The world’s last male northern white rhino has died after months of ill health, bringing the rhino subspecies a step closer to extinction.
“Sudan”, the 45-year-old rhino who lived under 24-hour security at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, was put to sleep due to the rapid deterioration in his condition.
Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that had affected his muscles and bones and also gave him extensive skin wounds.
Genetic material of Sudan collected to support future attempts to reproduce white northern rhinos through advanced cellular technologies, using stored semen and eggs from remaining females, Najin and Fatu.