Sudan Rhino the last living male northern white rhino, age 45 (equivalent of 90 in human years), died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19th, 2018.
Sudan the white rhino died after being put to sleep on Monday as a result of age-related complications worsening significantly.
The last white rhino left in the world after Sudan’s death are his daughter and granddaughter. Vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques may now be developed for the preservation of the northern white rhino before they become extinct.
Efforts to use Sudan rhino to extend the species with the two surviving female northern white rhinos was unsuccessful. Sudan, the last male northern white rhino was created an account on the dating app Tinder last year, not for love, but to help fund the development of IVF for rhinos .
Sudan’s genetic material was collected on Monday, conservationists said, to help with future attempts to reproduce northern white rhinos through advanced cellular technologies, using stored semen and eggs from the remaining female northern white rhinos, Najin and Fatu.
Sudan rhino was being treated for degenerative changes in his muscles and bones, combined with extensive skin wounds.
Sudan was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal in his last 24 hours, Ol Pejeta Conservancy tweeted on Tuesday.