World's last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya

Sudan, the 45-year-old rhino, had to be put down due to age-related complications. Hope for preserving the northern white rhino rests on developing IVF techniques.
World's last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya
World's last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya
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The world's last surviving male northern white rhino who lived in Kenya, has died after months of ill health, his caretakers said on Tuesday.

Sudan, 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly, reports the BBC.

His death leaves only two females -- his daughter and granddaughter -- of the sub-species alive in the world.

Hope for preserving the northern white rhino now lies in developing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques.

Attempts to use Sudan to prolong the species with the two surviving female rhinos had failed, 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 IVF for rhinos.

Sudan's genetic material was collected on Monday, conservationists said, to support future attempts to reproduce northern white rhinos through advanced cellular technologies, using stored semen and eggs from the females, Najin and Fatu.

Sudan, who was the equivalent of 90 in human years, was being treated for degenerative changes in his muscles and bones, combined with extensive skin wounds.

He was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal in his last 24 hours, Ol Pejeta Conservancy tweeted on Tuesday.

Sudan shot to limelight earlier in 2017 when a joint campaign by Ol Pejeta and dating app Tinder was launched in order to save the species. The rhino had a profile on Tinder, which earned him fans all over the world.

Titled the “The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World”, Sudan’s profile read, “I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me. "I perform well under pressure… 6ft (183cm) tall and 5,000lb (2,268kg) if it matters.”

The target of the crowdfunding campaign, to which people could contribute via Sudan’s profile on Tinder, was to reach an ambitious $9 million.

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