The Last Male Northern White Rhino Has Died

Rhinos are such a sight to see. Many animal lovers are crazy about their gigantic size and their wonderful behaviour. This interest about Rhinos increases twice or thrice when it comes to talk about white rhinos. If you are an animal lover and if you are interested about white rhinos, you would probably know the northern white rhino and what we are going to talk now is unfortunate news about him.

The last male northern rhino has died and only two female northern white rhinos are known to exist now. Because of this, all the hopes for future generation or their sub species is lost.

Sudan, the last male, lived his last days at the Ol Pajeta Conservancy in Kenya. He moved to Kenya from Czech zoo in 2009. He caught an infection in his back right leg and finally it was decided to kill him painlessly.

The CEO of Ol Pajeta, Richard Vigne stated that “We all at Ol Pajeta are saddened by Sudan’s death. He was a gret ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only by rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity.

One day his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminar moment for conservationists worldwide.”


However, experiments are now being carried out to save this species for the future world. Before his death, researchers froze samples of Sudan’s DNA and his sperm. They are now trying to use IVF to bring the subspecies back from extinction by implanting embryos created with eggs from the two surviving females. But, still this is much challenging as this has not been carried out successfully with rhinos before.

Though most would be hard to distinguish between a southern and a northern variety, they are different indeed. The northern variety is smaller on average, with a straight and more level back than the southern one. They have a distinctively shaped skull which is lot flatter. They also have hairier ears and tails.

Because of all these features, southern and northern variety has been separated for at least a million years and some argue that because of these facts these two species are two separate species. If it goes in that way, then of course hopes for future species would be lost.

Southern rhinos have more stability than northern one because of their lands. Northern rhinos often were the pray of preachers and that can be called as one reason for it being extinct.  At one point, four white rhinos were taken back to Kenya from the zoos they lived and they were given 24 hours armed protection. That was the reason for these three animals to survive even.

However IVF technology has become the only hope in creating a future for white rhinos.