This week, the world mourned the death of the last male northern white rhino. The 45-year-old male (which is nearly 100 in rhino years) died of old age at a conservancy in Kenya leaving just two female rhinos behind as the only living members of their species.
“His death is a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him." ~ Jan Stejskal, an official at Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic via BBC
Rhinos have been largely wiped out due to intense poaching of their ivory horns. In 2008, the northern white rhino was considered extinct in the wild according to the World Wildlife Federation.
It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvůr Králové Zoo announce that Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, age 45, died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19th, 2018 (yesterday). #SudanForever #TheLoneBachelorGone #Only2Left pic.twitter.com/1ncvmjZTy1
— Ol Pejeta (@OlPejeta) March 20, 2018
This particular rhino was named Sudan and he even had his own Tindr profile created last year to save his species. The profile sought to raise awareness for the northern white rhino’s impending extinction and to collect donations for in vitro fertilization (IVF). With Sudan’s recent passing, IVF is now the only viable option to prevent this species from extinction.