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The Last Male Northern White Rhino Has Died

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There are now only two northern white rhinos in the world.

The northern white rhino may have reached the point of no return, as a zoo announced the last male rhino has died in Kenya at age 45.

The rhino, named Sudan, had to be euthanized March 19 after his health took a sudden turn for the worse. Sudan had lived in captivity for more than 38 years, spending the last few years of his life in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

The northern white rhino is so rare that Sudan, his daughter and granddaughter were actually under 24/7 protection by armed guards at Ol Pejeta to keep them safe from poachers.

While things look grim for the northern white rhino, this isn’t necessarily the end of the species. Scientists have northern white rhino semen saved in cold storage around the world.

Unfortunately, there are only two females left in the world, which are Sudan’s daughter and granddaughter. So, bringing this species back from the brink will certainly be a challenge for scientists.

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The Last Male Northern White Rhino Has Died