Laatste noordelijke witte neushoorn Sudan gestorven

Het waarschijnlijk laatste mannelijke exemplaar van de noordelijke witte neushoorn is gestorven in Kenia. Alleen twee vrouwtjes zijn nog in leven. Dat brengt de diersoort op de drempel van uitsterven.

Het overlijden van Sudan brengt het voortbestaan van de diersoort ernstig in gevaar. In Ol Pejeta leven nu alleen nog Sudans dochter Najin en zijn kleindochter Fatu. Een ultieme poging om de noordelijke witte neushoorn alsnog te laten voortbestaan lijkt af te hangen van de ontwikkeling van een techniek voor kunstmatige inseminatie.epa
Wildlife ranger Zachariah Mutai comforts Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino on the planet moments before he passed away. Sudan lived a long, healthy life at the conservancy after he was brought to Kenya from the Dvur Kralov zoo in the #czechrepublic in 2009. He died at 45 surrounded by people who loved him after suffering from age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. Sudan has been an inspirational figure for many across the world for years. Thousands have trooped to Ol Pejeta to see him and he has helped raise awareness for rhino conservation to millions worldwide. The two female northern white rhinos left on the planet - Najin and Fatu - are his direct descendants. Research into new Assisted Reproductive Techniques for large mammals is underway due to him. The impact that this special animal has had on conservation is simply incredible. And there is still hope in the future that the subspecies might be restored through IVF. In 2009, Ami had the privilege of following this gentle hulking creature on his journey from the snowy Dvur Kralov zoo in the Czech Republic to the warm plains of Kenya, when he was transported with three of his fellow Northern White Rhinos in a last ditch effort to save the subspecies. It was believed that the air, water, and food, not to mention room to roam, might stimulate them to breed—and the offspring would then be used to repopulate Africa. At the time, there were 8 Northern white rhinos alive, all in zoos. Today, we are witnessing the extinction of a species that had survived for millions of years but could not survive mankind.Ami Vitale/National Geographic Creative
Jeremiah Kimathi, one of the dedicated rhino care givers at the ol-Pejeta conservancy, stands next to Najin, one of the only two remaining female northern white rhinos, in their paddock on March 20, 2018 in Nanyuki, north of capital Nairobi. Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that only science can now prevent. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBAAFP
Neushoorn Sudan werd geboren in 1973 in wat nu Zuid-Soedan is. Na gevangenneming werd hij verscheept naar een dierentuin in toenmalig Tsjechoslowakije.ap
Najin (L) and Fatu, two of the only remaining female northern white rhinos graze in their paddock on March 20, 2018 at the ol-Pejeta conservancy in Nanyuki, north of capital Nairobi. Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that only science can now prevent. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBAAFP

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