The Last Male North White Rhino Is About To Go Extinct

Sudan is 43-year-old and under 24-hour guard.

The last North White Rhino.
Sudan. The last North White Rhino. Image National Geographic.

Over the past 100 or so years, mankind has done irreparable damage to the Earth and nowhere is this more keenly felt than in the animal population.

There’s been a drop of as much as 80 per cent in the global animal population since the year 1900. There are now fewer than 25,000 lions left in the wild now, for example. In 1950, there were 400,000. But the situation is even more extreme elsewhere.

Take the story of Sudan, a Northern White Rhino who represents the very last male of his subspecies. A subspecies that stands on the brink of global extinction.

Over the past couple of years, there have been desperate attempts to have Sudan breed with one of the two female Northern White Rhinos left in the world.

But those attempts have so far failed and we’re running out of time.

Mathieu Plassard, the Regional Managing Director of Ol Pejeta Conservatory where Sudan lives, has already admitted that they are “in a race” to try and change the situation.

“A race against the extinction of the northern white rhino species.” he said. “We urgently need to raise awareness and funds for Sudan.” 

There is a website where people can donate to help save this species of rhino, but time is running out for Sudan.

Now 43, the male is thoroughly alone in the world, waiting to either die or procreate.

Donating to help his cause is a start, but the stark reality of the situation is that the damage may have already been done.

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