Goodnight Sudan: the world’s last male Northern White Rhino has died

Sudan tribute from Helping Rhinos

Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino has passed away.

on 19th March 2018 Sudan took his last breath, following age-related complications. These complications caused both degenerative changes in his muscles and bones, combined with extensive skin wounds.

Margot Raggett and Dan Richardson with Sudan last male northern white rhino

Remembering Rhinos founder Margot Raggett and Ambassador Dan Richardson with Sudan, the last male northern white rhino

Helping Rhinos stated “His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and seemed to be suffering a great deal. The veterinary team from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him.

The Northern White Rhino is a sub species that we have literally witnessed the extinction of. Sudan was one of only three known northern white rhinos left in the world; the remaining two females are his daughter, Najin and granddaughter, Fatu.

Photographic portraits of the last three northern white rhinos.

Photographic portraits of the last three northern white rhinos.

I spoke to Simon Jones, Helping Rhinos, CEO who said: “Losing Sudan is of course tragic, not so much for Sudan himself, he was an old man and had lived a good life, but his death represents the loss of the last male of an iconic species. It is humans that have caused such a demise of the northern white rhinos, and it is humans that can ensure we create a legacy that Sudan would be proud of. Let us make sure this is the last time we bid farewell to the last of a species”

With this sad news, we must remember that he had a death denied to so many rhinos — at the age of 45, he died of old age. Safe and dignified.

He did not have his horn hacked from his face.

He did not die in a pool of his own blood, butchered by poachers for a lump of keratin.

He was old and loved and noticed.

Let’s make a future where all rhinos count.

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