Sudan, the world’s last male white northern rhino, has passed away. Also known as the northern square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), this subspecies was normally found around the Sahara in East and Central Africa. They are now considered critically endangered and possibly extinct in the wild.
He was living in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy. According to their mission statement, the conservancy "works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and communities.” When the organization was struggling in their efforts, they were forced to use another platform in a very creative way.
Last year the Ol Pejeta Conservancy partnered with Tinder in an attempt to raise a hefty $9 million to fund in-vitro efforts in lieu of natural breeding to save the species. Sudan’s profile read, “I’m one of a kind. No seriously, I’m the last male white rhino on planet earth. I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of my species literally depends on me. I perform well under pressure. I like to eat grass and chill in the mud. No problems. 6ft tall and 5,000lbs if it matters.” Researchers even saved some of Sudan’s genetic material before he died.
He was euthanized by a team of veterinarians following a series of health issues due to old age. He lived for 45 years, which is a long, full life for a white rhino. But as he grew older it became more and more difficult for him to naturally mount a female. He is survived by his daughter Najin and his granddaughter Fatu, who are now the last two northern white rhinoceroses in existence. Watch the video below to learn more about what happened when Sudan joined Tinder...