Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya

Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that had affected his muscles and bones and also gave him extensive skin wounds.

Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya
Image courtesy: @OlPejeta/Twitter

New Delhi: The world's last male northern white rhino – Sudan – whose sad image went viral in November last year has died. The 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday – a decision taken by the Kenyan conservancy that was taking care of him and wildlife officials – due to the rapid deterioration in his condition.

Sudan, elderly by rhino standards, had been ailing for some time, suffering from age-related infections, according to his keepers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where he lived under armed guard to prevent would-be poachers. He leaves behind two females of its subspecies alive in the world.

This is the last image of Sudan captured by Daniel Schneider in November 2017:

Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that had affected his muscles and bones and also gave him extensive skin wounds.

The rhino had spent two weeks in late February and early March lying in his pen due to discomfort from a deep wound on his right hind leg.

"His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal," Ol Pejeta said. "The veterinary team from the Dver Kralove Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him."

Announcing Sudan's death on Twitter, Ol Pejeta said: 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).

Sudan had previously lived at the Dver Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic before being transported to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, about 250 km (155 miles) north of Nairobi, where he lived with the last two females of the same species, 27-year old Najin and 17-year old Fatu.

After all attempts at getting him to mate naturally failed, conservationists last year put Sudan on dating app Tinder, hoping to raise enough money to pay for a $9 million fertility treatment.

(With inputs from AFP and Reuters)