The world's last male northern white rhino named Sudan has died at the age of 45 resulting in the existence of only two females, left to save the subspecies from extinction, multiple sources have confirmed.
Sudan had reportedly been in poor health for last few days and was being treated for multiple infections and age-related issues.
On Tuesday, the conservation group WildAid announced that a veterinary team decided to put the rhinoceros to death humanely after his condition deteriorated significantly.
World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies Leaving Two Females
Source: Sputnik International
Sudan had been living in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya and in the days leading up to his death, he was surrounded by armed guards.
A representative for OL Pejeta, Elodie Sampere, said,
He was a gentle giant, his personality was just amazing and given his size, a lot of people were afraid of him. But there was nothing mean about him,
It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvur 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
As per the report, Researchers have saved some of the late rhino's genetic material in the hopes of successfully artificially inseminating one of the two females left.
WildAid Ceo Peter Knights said,
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. While prices of rhino horn are falling in China and Vietnam, poaching for horn still threatens all rhino species,
Rhinos are targeted by poachers, fueled by the belief in Asia that their horns are used to cure various ailments. According to the experts, rhino's horn is becoming more lucrative than drugs.