Last male northern white rhino dies at Kenya conservatory
NAIROBI (KUSI) — The last male northern white rhino has died, according to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya.
“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 19, 2018,” Ol Pejeta said in a statement.
According to Helping Rhinos, Sudan’s death comes after he was being treated for age-related health issues and for a series of infections. His condition worsened significantly in the 24 hours before his death and he was unable to stand.
The veterinarian team from the Dvur Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him to ensure he did not suffer unnecessarily, according to the website.
“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 the conservancy’s CEO, Richard Vigne.