Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino, had been suffering from an age-related infections for several months. Last night, to put an end to the suffering, Sudan was euthanized at the Ol Pejeta wildlife conservancy in Kenya at the age of 45.
Northern White Rhinos were poached to near extinction in the ‘70s and ‘80s to meet the demand for rhino horns in Asia and in the Middle East. They also suffered the consequences of conflict in some parts of Africa in the ‘90s and 2000s. In 2009, the last four White Northern Rhinos in the world (two males, including Sudan, and two females) were moved from a zoo in the Czech Republic to Ol Pejeta wildlife conservancy to be given a chance to thrive in their natural habitat and keep the subspecies alive.