Last Northern White Rhino in world dies

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The world’s last male northern white rhino has died.

The rhino was named Sudan and lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was 45 years old.

Sudan had been ill for months and was eventually put to sleep after getting much worse.

His death means there are only two of this type of rhino left alive in the entire world.

They are both female – and are Sudan’s daughter and granddaughter.

Why is this kind of rhino so rare?
Rhinoceroses are the second-largest land mammal after elephants.

There are around 20 thousand southern white rhinos living in the wild. But the northern rhino is critically endangered – with just two now left.

Poaching for their horns meant that white rhinos were almost wiped out in the 1970s and 1980s.

The last few wild northern white rhinos in the Democratic Republic of Congo were killed around 15 years ago in the early 2000s.

The World Wide Fund for Nature reported that the northern white rhino was extinct in the wild in 2008.

29 Responses

  1. That is so sad! Is it in Africa? If it is I am from there and I am from the Southern of Africa.

  2. The scientists are going to work to get DNA from the dead one and try and get the DNA (sperm) to get into the egg so there can be a baby.

  3. at least there is still a few white rhinos that were saved in africa in the auckland zoo i went to

  4. Well, That is… Not good ? What can they do? Take the last photo of both those rhinos together and lets remember them, we will miss you, trust me we will.

  5. It’s really sad that this is happening because it is technically our fault for killing them off. If we hadn’t killed most of them off there might be more white rhino

  6. Though, I wonder if the last ever girl white rhino’s can breed with a normal boy rhino…

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