The Planet's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Sudan, Has Died and The World Is Heartbroken

There are only two remaining northern white rhinos.

March 21, 2018
By: TLCme

Photo by: Georgina Goodwin/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Georgina Goodwin/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The world has lost the last remaining male northern white rhino, Sudan. Although conversationists had expected the death of the 45 year old rhino, when the news broke Monday that he had passed it was met with international sorrow. Sudan developed an infection on his left leg while living under armed guard at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, combined with his age, complications worsened and Sudan couldn't pull through.

Now there are only two remaining white rhinos, both females, left of their kind. Sudan was born in 1973 and at that time there were 700 rhinos left, but due to poaching the species has been almost entirely wiped out. Sudan joined Tinder in 2017 in order to raise money for IVF procedure, as reported on Seeker; "The plan is to use sperm from several northern white rhino males that is stored in Berlin, and eggs from Najin and Fatu and implant the embryo -- which will be created in an Italian laboratory -- in a surrogate southern white female, according to Ol Pejeta."

Sudan's caregiver, James Mwenda, penned a beautiful tribute to Sudan on Facebook. It was a touching tribute to his "buddy." The post will bring tears to your eyes and make you think about our planet and our future out co-existence together.

"What I regret most, is whether my fellow humanity has learned from your existence.i tried as much to help them hear you through my thoughts and the lessons I learned through our personal day to day life, though still my voice has been small,I have testimonies that you have left an imprint in the hearts of many especially those I interacted with."

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