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Male northern white rhino under armed guard

By T.K. Randall
April 16, 2015 · Comment icon 21 comments



The northern white rhinos are now on the brink of extinction. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 William Warby
The last remaining male northern white rhino has four armed guards protecting him 24 hours a day.
The solitary male, whose name is Sudan, represents the end of an era for the northern white rhinoceros. He, along with four females, are the only surviving members of their species and with old age creeping up on him and with all previous mating attempts having failed, things are now looking pretty grim.

So great is the importance of his wellbeing that Sudan is now accompanied at all times by a squad of armed guards and his magnificent horn has been removed to deter poachers.

Two of the females remain with him in the hopes that they will mate while two others are in a zoo.
"With the rising demand for rhino horn and ivory, we face many poaching attempts and while we manage to counter a large number of these, we often risk our lives in the line of duty," said Simor Irungu, one of the rangers who protects the animals at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

While there is still a chance that Sudan will be able to successfully mate with one the females it is looking increasingly likely that he will be the last male of his species.

Once he dies it will only be a matter of time before the northern white rhinos disappear forever.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (21)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Saitung 8 years ago
Dont worry. I am sure some bushwach poacher will shoot this animal so he can harvest his ivory for some ooga-booga witchdoctor for his bloated hore**** rituals. Sorry, but nearly all the Ivory leaves Africa for other countries. Spending money to protect species on the planet had become a stupid pastime that we now know does not work. Unfortunately, the majority of humans are selfish and ignorant about the world around them. Our human existence alone predicates that we shove all lower life forms to the side in order to build condos, shopping centers, etc. Heck, we only truly appreciate each oth... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Ozfactor 8 years ago
Sometime's I think it is much too painful to see what is happening and why it is happening , we all contribute . We are all consumers . That is why the majority turn a ' blind eye ' , because it is just too painful to face ourselves and what we are doing
Comment icon #14 Posted by George Ford 8 years ago
And as one creatures blood line comes to sad end, so something new will spring up in sea or a jungle somewhere. Humans tend to think of life in terms of tens of thousands of years instead of hundreds of millions. The rhino sadly had no place in our world. The old dude probably know this and despises humans and refuses to mate so as not to extend the misery of his species.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
I wonder if removing his horn has anything to do with him not wanting to mate. Maybe he feels emasculated.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Moon Gazer 8 years ago
And as one creatures blood line comes to sad end, so something new will spring up in sea or a jungle somewhere. Humans tend to think of life in terms of tens of thousands of years instead of hundreds of millions. The rhino sadly had no place in our world. The old dude probably know this and despises humans and refuses to mate so as not to extend the misery of his species. The Northern white rhino DID have a place in our world. They have not been killed off by natural evolution, they have been killed off by the greed of the poachers and the ridiculous beliefs that their horn somehow contains so... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by maximusnow 8 years ago
He will never be horny again!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
I wonder how much of an outcry there would be if poachers started killing humans for their hair and nails? Maybe we should start saving and sending our clippings.
Comment icon #19 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
This makes me really sad.
Comment icon #20 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 8 years ago
I am sorry but i think that there is indeed a reason for all of us to feel guilty. So many species are lost forever just because of what humans did to them and we all have been marked till the end of time. Bad things are happening around us every day, in every country and every city around the world, animal cruelty is behind most of everyday products but we are blind to see that. I'm afraid I can't see any logic whatsoever in your guilt, it seems utterly pointless to me, you did not cause the death of a single rhinocerous, you have no accountability simply because you are the same animal as th... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by Nnicolette 8 years ago
so theres one male white rhino left and someone thought it was a good idea to remove his horn? wtf... and yes i agree if farmers artificially insiminate cows why are they standing around chopping off his body parts and making them uncomfortable with thier armed presence rather than helping the reproductive process...


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