The world’s last living male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died, leaving only two females of kind left.
Sudan, the 45-year-old northern white rhino, the only remaining male of the subspecies, was euthanized on Monday after suffering “age-related complications”.
Sudan was living at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, and was suffering from muscle and bone deterioration, as well as several infections.
A deep wound to his hind leg had left him lying in discomfort, barely moving, for two weeks between late February and early March.
Sudan, along with two other females, 27-year-old Najin and 17-year-old Fatu, was part of an ambitious effort to save the northern white rhino from extinction.
Despite extensive attempts, he would not mate naturally with either of the females.
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Last year conservationists put him on the dating app Tinder, hoping to raise $9 million fertility treatment.
Before moving to Ol Pejeta, Sundan lived at the Dver Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, where he was a somewhat of a celebrity.