The Last Male Northern White Rhino: GONE
Sudan Was The Only Hope
It is nothing new about the poaching problem in Africa. Many animals are at the risk of extinction due to poaching, which is fueled by the demand of exotic animals and their body parts on the black market. In Kenya is where the last male, Sudan (name of the last male Northern White Rhino) lived. Sudan was guarded by armed guards and the tight security allowed it to live longer with the threat of poachers under control. But on 19 March 2018, Sudan, 45, died due to age-related complications and infections, leaving the world with zero male White Rhinos, and millions of broken hearts.
According to WWF, it is estimated that an average of three rhinos are being poached every day, and poachers have only become more intelligent over the years. Poachers use helicopters to track their targets and once they are put down, the poachers use chainsaws to remove the horn. Then, they are quickly air lifted away.
But not all hope is lost. Researchers have managed to retrieve some of Sudan’s genetic material with the hope to inseminate one of the two females left. The only thing we can do for now is to understand, and spread the awareness of endangered species in hopes of putting an end to the black market’s demands.