Thursday, 8 March 2018

This Is the World's Last Male Northern White Rhino — and He's Sick

By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor | March 1, 2018 02:05pm ET

The last male northern white rhinoceros is sick.

Sudan, a 45-year-old rhino and the last male of his subspecies (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), is ailing in the wake of two infections on his back right leg, according to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the wildlife sanctuary in Kenya where the last three northern white rhinoceroses on the planet live.
"At the advanced age of 45, his health has begun deteriorating, and his future is not looking bright," Sudan's caregivers posted on Ol Pejeta's Facebook pageRhinos usually live between about 30 and 40 years, according to a follow-up comment by the caregivers, and Sudan's problems are age-related. [In Photos: The Last 5 Northern White Rhinos]


Last male northern white rhino Sudan's health improves slightly

6 March 2018

The world's last surviving male northern white rhino has rallied slightly, days after his carers said his future was "not looking bright".

Sudan, who lives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, enjoyed a mud bath in the rain on Monday, a spokesman told the BBC.

However, they were still not holding out "big hopes" for a miracle recovery.

The 45-year-old is one of just three remaining northern white rhinos and is the only male.
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Attempts to mate him with the two surviving female rhinos failed, however, and an account was created for him on the dating app Tinder last year, not to find love, but to help fund the development of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for rhinos.

The move won him fans across the world - many of whom were devastated on hearing news of his "ailing condition" last Thursday.

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