Only three northern white rhinos on the planet
One male and two females survive today
None are able to breed naturally
Once the northern white rhino roamed the plains of central Africa in great numbers. Today NONE exist in their natural habitat.
In fact, only three northern white rhinos remain in the world today!
These three, a male called Sudan (right) and two females Fatu (above left) and Najin (above right) reside at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. None of Sudan, Najin or Fatu are able to breed naturally, so the future is bleak to say the least.
Sudan, Najin, Fatu and another male, Suni were translocated from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech republic to Ol Pejeta in December 2009, in the hope of natural breeding taking place. Despite regular occurrences of mating, no calf was produced.
Tragically, in October 2014, Suni died of natural causes.
Sudan is 43 years old, the equivalent to being over 100 years old in human terms! You can read more about Sudan on his dedicated page
With no hope of a next generation of northern white rhino, the only hope of a future for the sub-species is a scientific breakhrough.
Research is being carried out to find a way to reproduce a northern white rhino calf using in vitro fertilisation (IVF). It is not a simple task, and it is certainly expensive. Good progress has been made on developing the process, but it is estimated a further $10m is needed in order to complete the research and develop the procedures needed.
WATCH below Richard Vigne, CEO of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, give an update on the northern whites at a recent Helping Rhinos supporters event in London.
You can help care for the last three northern white rhino by adopting them. Simply click on the below button to choose who to adopt.
You can also help by donating towards the IVF treatment by clicking the button below.