Sudan - This is What Extinction Looks Like

Thursday 01 March 2018

Sudan - the last male northern white rhino

This is what extinction looks like

Sudan's health is deteriorating


At the advanced age of 45, more than 100 years old in human years, Sudan's health has begun deteriorating, and his future is not looking bright. Sudan is the last male northern white rhino on the planet, and like any man of advanced years, he needs a lot of looking after. Fortunately Sudan has a very special team of dedicated, caring people at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya who give him the best care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Extinction is a word we hear said all too often, but we very rarely 'see' extinction in front of our eyes.  The case of the northern white rhino is different. There are just three northern white rhinos left on the planet, and just one male - SUDAN


Because Sudan and the two females, Najin and Fatu, live in a protected boma at Ol Pejeta Conservancy and not in the wilds of Garamba National Park, the last known location where northern whites existed in the wild, we are able to watch extinction happening every second of every day.

Unfortunately none of Sudan, Najin or Fatu are able to conceive naturally. This is has resulted in detailed research being carried out with a goal of producing a northern white rhino calf using in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques. Much progress has been made in this research, but there is still a lot to do before we see another generation of northern white rhino placing foot in this world.


Sudan's time in this world may well be coming to an end, but with your help he can leave a legacy. A donation to support the IVF research will help to ensure that one day in the future, northern white rhinos will once again roam freely in their natural habitat.


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