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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Fears for health of world’s last male northern white rhino

Sudan, who lives in Kenya with the last two females of his species, is suffering from an infection.

Wildlife ranger Zachariah Mutai takes care of Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino (AP)
Wildlife ranger Zachariah Mutai takes care of Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

The health of the world’s last male northern white rhino is deteriorating, with keepers in Kenya saying its future “is not looking bright”.

The 45-year-old rhino, named Sudan, was listed on the Tinder dating app last year as “The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World” as a fundraiser.

Sudan lives with the last two female northern white rhinos in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which said the creature is suffering from an infection despite 24-hour care by veterinarians.

The three rhinos, along with another male from the same subspecies which since died, arrived at the conservation site from a Czech zoo in 2009.

Scientists hope to save the northern white rhino from extinction by using southern white rhinos as surrogates to carry northern white rhino embryos and give birth.

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