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Last Male White Rhino On Earth Dies

March 21, 2018 - 8:06 am
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The very last male white rhino on earth died Tuesday in Kenya.

"With a heavy heart, I share this news and hope that Sudan's legacy will awaken us to protect this magnificent and fragile planet" wrote National Geogrphic photographer Ami Vitale. 

In her photo, Vitale shows keeper Zachariah Mutai comforting Sudan, the last living male Northern White Rhino moments before he passed away.

"Sudan lived a long, healthy life at the conservancy after he was brought to Kenya iin 2009. He died surrounded by people who loved him" wrote Vitale.

There are two female northern white rhinos left on the planet, they are both the only direct descendants of Sudan. 

Sudan, the last male white rhino on Earth, passed away yesterday at his home in Kenya. Photographer @amivitale was there after covering Sudan for many years. Vitale - "With a heavy heart, I share this news and hope that Sudan's legacy will awaken us to protect this magnificent and fragile planet. Yesterday, Zachariah Mutai comforted Sudan, the last living male Northern White Rhino moments before he passed away. Sudan lived a long, healthy life at the conservancy after he was brought to Kenya from @safari_park_dvur_kralov in the #czechrepublic in 2009. He died surrounded by people who loved him at @olpejeta after suffering from age-related complications. The two female northern white rhinos left on the planet are his direct descendants. The impact that this special animal has had on conservation is simply incredible. And there is still hope in the future that the subspecies might be restored through IVF. Support this important work: http://donate.olpejetaconservancy.org/projects/sudan"

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