Sadly, the last surviving male northern white rhino in the world does not appear to have much time left. Ol Pejete Conservancy in Kenya, which is home to the last three northern white rhinos, delivered the tragic news on Thursday.
Ol Pejete said in a statement, that since so many people have supported the northern white rhinos since they arrived at the wildlife sanctuary in the Laikipia District, they felt it important to update the public that Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet, is showing signs of ailing…
“At the advanced age of 45, his health has begun deteriorating, and his future is not looking bright.”
Ol Pejete said Sudan was treated for an uncomfortable age-related infection on his back right leg at the end of 2017, after being assessed by an international team of vets.
He responded well to the treatment, healing quickly and resuming his normal foraging habits over January and up till mid-February… but sadly, a secondary, and far deeper infection, has recently been discovered beneath the initial one.
“This has been treated, but worryingly, the infection is taking longer to recover, despite the best efforts of his team of vets who are giving him 24-hour care, with everything possible being done to help him regain his health.
“We are very concerned about him – he’s extremely old for a rhino and we do not want him to suffer unnecessarily,” said the not-for-profit organisation, which also provides the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa.
“We will keep you updated on all developments. Please keep him in your thoughts.”