Health of world's last male northern white rhino in decline In this Friday, July 28, 2017 file photo, wildlife ranger Zachariah Mutai takes care of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya. (AP Photo/Joe Mwihia, File/Make It Kenya/Flickr)
Health of world's last male northern white rhino in decline
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The health of the world's last male northern white rhino has deteriorated. This brings the rhino subspecies a step closer to extinction caused by poaching.

The 45-year-old rhino named Sudan is listed as "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World." That's according to a post on the Tinder dating app last year intended as a fundraiser. He lives with the last two female northern white rhinos. Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy said Thursday that Sudan was struggling despite 24-hour care by veterinarians.

Sudan appeared to recover well from an infection that developed on his back right leg at the end of 2017. But another, deeper infection was recently discovered in the same area, the conservancy said.

"We are very concerned about him. He's extremely old for a rhino and we do not want him to suffer unnecessarily." That's according to a statement released by the conservancy.

Sudan and the females, Najin and Fatu, arrived at Ol Pejeta from a Czech zoo in 2009. They came along with a second male from the same subspecies that has since died.

Scientists hope to save the northern white rhino from extinction. They plan to use southern white rhinos as surrogates to carry northern white rhino embryos and give birth. The in vitro process would be conducted using sperm from dead rhinos that is stored in Berlin and eggs extracted by surgery from the females at Ol Pejeta. That's according to the conservancy.

San Diego's zoo had some northern white rhinos. But the last one died in 2015.

Northern white rhinos once roamed parts of Chad, Sudan and Uganda. They also roamed Congo and Central African Republic. There were more than 2,000 remaining as recently as 1960, according to Save the Rhino International, a London-based group.

The last northern white rhinos in the wild were observed more than a decade ago in Congo's Garamba National Park. Those animals have often been targeted by armed groups amid conflict in the region. Efforts to safeguard the subspecies by moving a small number to Kenya collapsed.

There are roughly 20,000 southern white rhinos in Africa after efforts to save them from extinction began in the 1950s. Their numbers had dwindled to fewer than 100 in the late 19th century because of uncontrolled hunting.

African rhinos remain under intense pressure from poachers who kill them to meet demand for their horns in illegal markets, primarily in Vietnam and China. There are about 5,000 critically endangered black rhinos.

In Asia, the greater one-horned rhino species has been recovering and has a population of several thousand. The Sumatran and Javan rhinos are in extreme peril, with fewer than 100 of each species remaining.

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COMMENTS (36)
  • SophiaD-del1
    3/08/2018 - 03:42 p.m.

    The last male Northern white rhino is in a critical health condition. Hoping to save the subspecies of Rhino, scientists hope that southern white rhino females can be surrogates for Northern White rhinos. Due to uncontrolled hunting, African rhino species are all dwindling in low numbers. Hopefully, scientists can save all of these beautiful creatures.

  • EsmeraldaV-del
    3/08/2018 - 04:07 p.m.

    This article was about the health of the worlds last northern white rhino. The rhinos name is Sudan and he lives/interacts with the last 2 northern white women rhinos. Sudan's 45 years old, and scientists hope to use these rhinos to reproduce more of them, creating a much larger population. Many rhinos have died due to uncontrolled hunting, and because of the black market, its very upsetting that this species is dying out and being hunted.

  • GregoryM-del
    3/08/2018 - 04:31 p.m.

    Health of world's last male northern white rhino is in decline. This brings the species very close to extinction.

  • PedroM-del1
    3/08/2018 - 04:49 p.m.

    There is only one male rhino because people have been shooting rhinos and selling their items. Also i guess male rhinos have better items, such as bones, or meat, or skin.

  • AkshayB-del
    3/08/2018 - 05:00 p.m.

    This article is about the health of the world's last male northern white rhino has deteriorated. This brings the rhino subspecies a step closer to extinction caused by poaching. The 45-year-old rhino named Sudan lives with the last two female northern white rhinos. Scientists hope to save the northern white rhino from extinction. They plan to use southern white rhinos as surrogates to carry northern white rhino embryos and give birth.

  • ReesePratt-del
    3/08/2018 - 05:34 p.m.

    This was very cool. This morning while I was watching the news I saw this. I did not know that hunting was that bad. It is a really bad cause of death in animals. There are only on male and two female. It is sad to know that the last northern rhino left.

  • AnnabelleA-del
    3/08/2018 - 05:37 p.m.

    4-5 main points covered in the article:

    - The rhino's name is Sudan, and is 45 which is considered old for his kind
    - Sudan has a deep infection in his right leg and has already had a less severe one in the same spot
    - Sudan is a northern white rhino, and is the last male of his kind. His life is coming to an end
    - Scientists plan to use other types of rhinos as surrogates and use in vitro processes

  • JadeR-del
    3/08/2018 - 05:54 p.m.

    Some main points covered in this article were
    - "The rhino subspecies a step closer to extinction thanks to poaching."
    - "Northern white rhinos once roamed parts of Chad, Sudan and Uganda."
    - "There are about 5,000 critically endangered black rhinos."
    - "The Sumatran and Javan rhinos are in extreme peril, with fewer the 100 or each species remaining."

    But the main points that were covered in the article was that many subspecies of rhinos are being slaughtered by poachers just for their precious ivory tusks. Each subspecies has a dwindling number of rhinos left. We need to stop the poaching because is it really worth it to kill a beautiful, innocent, majestic creature just so you can wear its tusks as a ridiculous meaningless piece of jewelry which you don't need to survive.
    Its selfish and cruel of us to A) kill poor animals for an absolutely terrible reason! B) Get payed for committing that crime and C) you the buyer spending your money. Giving your money which will eventually end right back to the poachers so that they can kill some more.
    This is a big problem and the article is trying to tell us, remind us that this needs to be fixed.
    This article had a lot of information that we should all remember and think about.

  • ZofiaT-del
    3/08/2018 - 06:16 p.m.

    The article is about how a northern white rhino, Sudan, had been falling ill lately, and with pressure of him being the last male of his kind, there may be no hope of saving the population. Sudan has recently gotten a leg infection, leading him to illness, and with time running out for him to mate. He is of risk of dying and the only chance to save the population was to use the southern white rhino as a surrogate.

  • NatalieH-del
    3/08/2018 - 06:40 p.m.

    * Sudan is the world's last male white rhino. He lives with two female white rhinos.

    * He's 45 years old, and in bad health.

    * He lives in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

    * He originally lived in a Czech zoo, but went to Kenya in 2009.

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