An endling's bur­den

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

40-year-old male rhino living in Ol Pe­jeta Con­ser­vancy in Kenya, has a unique distinc­tion—he is the last male north­ern white rhino in the world. And he may not like the at­tempt to save him: 24X7 armed guards. Not only this, to keep him away from harm, he has been de-horned and fit­ted with ra­dio trans­mit­ters. Su­dan shares Ol Pe­jeta with two fe­male rhi­nos of his sub­species. The trio is re­port­edly three of the last five re­main­ing north­ern white rhi­nos in the world. Two other fe­males live in cap­tiv­ity. There is hope that Su­dan will one day be able to pro­duce prog­eny and pos­si­bly save his kind from ex­tinc­tion. In 1960, there were more than 2,000 north­ern white rhi­nos roam­ing the earth, ac­cord­ing to the World Wide Fund for Na­ture.

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