Vol. 59 (2018): Pachyderm

Cover caption: The world’s last male northern white rhinoceros Sudan who died on the 31 March 2018 at the age of 45 from age-related complications, is pictured with his faithful rangers: John Mutugi Mugo (front), and Daniel Kamau Maina (behind). Sudan was born in Shambe Game Reserve, now southern Sudan, and exported to the Dvůr Králové Zoo in former Czechoslovakia in 1975 together with five other rhinos. In 2009 following intervention by the AfRSG it was recommended that Sudan and his group were moved to a more natural environment to potentially enhance breeding at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. Sadly, breeding has not been successful. The northern white rhino was declared extinct in the wild by 2010. There are only two remaining captive northern white rhino in the world— Sudan’s daughter, Najin and grand-daughter, Fatu. ©Georgina Goodwin
Published: 2018-10-03

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