Rhino dies: Sudan was the last male northern white

The world's last male northern white rhino has died in a Kenyan conservancy on Monday March 19, 2018, the conservancy confirmed early Tuesday morning on social media.

Ol Pejeta, where the deceased rhino lived, in a tweet said that Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds.

He lived at Dvůr Králové Zoo until December 2009 when he was relocated to Ol Pejeta Conservancy together with three other northern white rhinos - Suni (deceased), Najin and Fatu.

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

Here is how the world covered the death of Sudan.

Four fertile rhinos, two males and females, were moved from the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic to Ol Pejeta in Kenya, with high hopes that conditions similar to their native habitat would encourage breeding. "Throughout his existence, he significantly contributed to survival of his species as he sired two females", the conservancy stated through its twitter handle. "During his final years, Sudan came back to Africa and stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength", it said.

Attempts to use Sudan to prolong the species with the two surviving female rhinos had failed, and an account was created for him on the dating app Tinder previous year, not to find love, but to help fund the development of IVF for rhinos. This left Sudan in an extraordinary position - the last male of his species.

However scientists have gathered his genetic material and are working on developing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques to preserve the subspecies.

African rhinos have been decimated by poachers killing them to meet demand for their horns, primarily in Vietnam and China, where the horn is used in jewelry and traditional medicines.

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