It is a sad day for Animal lovers across the planet as it has been confirmed that the world’s final surviving male northern white rhino has died following a prolonged period of illness, his carers said.
Sudan who was 45 (equivalent to 90 in human years) was put to sleep on Monday after his health condition worsened significantly.
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
Sudan’s death leaves only two females, his daughter and granddaughter, of the subspecies alive in the world.The only hope now lays in IVF techniques to try and preserve the northern white rhino.
The remaining females Najin and Fatu have had their eggs collected, alongside the genetic material taken from Sudan on Monday, to support future conservation efforts.
Sudan gained notoriety and a viral following in 2017 when a Tinder account was opened in his name to help fund research into protecting his subspecies.
He was being treated for degenerative changes in his muscles and bones and was unable to stand in his final 24 hours because of the pain, Ol Pejeta Conservancy tweeted on Tuesday.