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Bidding Farewell to Sudan – The Last Male White Rhino

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Sudan was the last male white rhino living on the planet Earth. Two other female white rhinos still remain, but they are alas the last of their kind.

Sudan was living under armed guard in a reserve in Kenya. The conservation scientists tried their best for Sudan to reproduce as a last try to save the entire species. This, although could not happen.

The whole world was expecting the death of the beautiful giant as he was on death watch. Even so, the news has saddened the entire planet. We are bidding farewell to a whole specie as we bid farewell to the world.

The news was met with utter dismay and is the saddest news I have come across all week. The image of Sudan lying down and Joseph Wachira comforting him in his last moments. Sudan was suffering from a number of diseases and complications because of his old age. On top of that the white rino was also suffering from an infection is its leg.

Sudan had been a point of attention from environmentalists the world around. Special notes of goodbyes were posted all over the internet as we bade farewell to the white rhino. The famous actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio shared this image on his Instagram profile:

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#Regram #RG @natgeo: Photo by @amivitale With a heavy heart, I share this news and hope that Sudan's legacy will awaken us to protect this magnificent and fragile planet. Yesterday, Joseph Wachira, 26 comforted Sudan, the last living male Northern White Rhino left on this planet moments before he passed away. Sudan lived a long, healthy life at the conservancy after he was brought to Kenya from @safari_park_dvur_kralov in the #czechrepublic in 2009. He died surrounded by people who loved him at @olpejeta after suffering from age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. Sudan has been an inspirational figure for many across the world. Thousands have trooped to Ol Pejeta to see him and he has helped raise awareness for rhino conservation. The two female northern white rhinos left on the planet are his direct descendants. Research into new Assisted Reproductive Techniques for large mammals is underway due to him. The impact that this special animal has had on conservation is simply incredible. And there is still hope in the future that the subspecies might be restored through IVF. In 2009, I had the privilege of following this gentle hulking creature on his journey from the snowy Dour Krylov zoo in the Czech Republic to the warm plains of Kenya, when he was transported with three of his fellow Northern White Rhinos in a last ditch effort to save the subspecies. It was believed that the air, water, and food, not to mention room to roam, might stimulate them to breed—and the offspring would then be used to repopulate Africa. At the time, there were 8 Northern white rhinos alive, all in zoos. Today, we are witnessing the extinction of a species that had survived for millions of years but could not survive mankind. Follow @olpejeta and @amivitale to learn more about how we can protect these magnificent creatures. @natgeo @natgeocreative @olpejeta @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety  #SudanForever#WorthMoreAlive #OlPejetaRhinos #NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale

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We have seen a creature of Mother Earth say goodbye to us forever. The last two female white rhinos will now be unable to reproduce and will die as well. It is the end of an era for white rhinos and only a miracle could have saved Sudan.

The wildlife photographer Ami Vitale had been closely focusing on Sudan for a long time now. He came back to say goodbye to the white rhino at his last stages. The above posted image has also been taken by Ami Vitale.

It is a sad occurrence and one cannot deny how the climate change and habitat destruction has affected wildlife. Climate change is real and if we do not do anything about this now more Sudans will come. We have already lost 95% of the species that have walked this planet Earth. Ami Vitale said after Sudan’s death:

“Today, we are witnessing the extinction of a species that had survived for millions of years but could not survive mankind.”

The last rhino standing, lived a forty five year long life. It would have been much shorter if he had stayed in the wild. He passed away at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

Activists and environmentalists have been raising these issues since a long time. It is now time that the whole world thinks about climate issues seriously and as a first priority. We have been ignoring this for far too long now. The world leadership needs to effectively take steps for wildlife conservation and reduce global warming.

Written by Hamna Hassan

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