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Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino in the world who had been living at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya died at the age of 45 on March 19, according to markertwatch.com
Sudan was euthanized, a word meaning put to death in a humane way, due to a painful infection in his leg. Sudan had developed infections in 2017 which were treated. However, a deeper infection was found in his leg that kept him from walking and he was suffering incredible pain. To put an end to his pain, the veterinary team decided to euthanize him, according to mnn.com
Two northern white rhinos now remain Najin, who is Sudan’s daughter, and Fatu, his granddaughter according to nytimes.com Scientists are hoping to use some of Sudan’s genetic material to inseminate one of the females left, according to msn.com.
“We can only hope that the world learns from the sad loss of Sudan and takes every measure to end all trade in rhino horn. While prices of rhino horn are falling in China and Vietnam, poaching for horn still threatens all rhino species,” said WildAid CEO Peter Knights,”
Most of the White Rhinos were wiped out during the 70s and 80s due to people hunting them for their horns, which were used in medicines, according to markertwatch.com “Rhinos are targeted by poachers, fueled by the belief in Asia that their horns cure various ailments. Experts say the rhino horn is becoming more lucrative than drugs,” according to msn.com
“‘We can only hope that the world learns from the sad loss of Sudan and takes every measure to end all trade in rhino horn. While prices of rhino horn are falling in China and Vietnam, poaching for horn still threatens all rhino species,’ said WildAid CEO Peter Knights,” according to cnn.com
The black rhino was considered to be extinct as of seven years ago and the last remaining rhino species are threatened of reaching extinction, according to msn.com