Guest post from Phera Jai of Amazing Africa Safaris
Sad News! Sudan, the planet’s last male Northern White Rhino has passed away at Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the age of 45 years.
Born in Sudan he was moved to a Czech zoo where he lived for 34 years before being relocated to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, along with another male and two females. It was hoped that the environment of Ol Pejeta Conservancy would provide favourable breeding conditions . Unfortunately though Sudan mated with the females, there were no successful pregnancies. The other male northern white rhino, Suni, died of natural causes in 2014.
It is truly sad that the demand for rhino horn in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Asia and dagger handles in Yemen has now lead to the extinction of this majestic species. By 2008, the northern white rhino population was completely extinct in the wild.
Sudan’s daughter Najin and Najin’s daughter Fatu, the planet’s last two northern white rhino remain at Ol Pejeta. The only hope for the preservation of this subspecies now lies in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques using eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white rhino semen from males and surrogate southern white rhino females. This has never been done before and is not without risks, unfortunately, this is the only hope for preserving an entire subspecies.
Ol Pejeta and Dvůr Králové Zoo are asking supporters to donate towards this campaign in memory of Sudan, to help raise funds needed before it’s too late. Visit http://donate.olpejetaconservancy.org/projects/sudan. For supporters, based in the UK, please donate on www.helpingrhinos.org/sudan-tribute.
Sudan was a great ambassador for his species. With his dignity and strength, he will be missed.
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