Headed for extinction?

45-year-old Sudan has been put down in Kenya after his health deteriorated rapidly while he was being treated for age-related complications.
Najin (left) and Fatu, the world's last two female northern white rhinos, grazing together at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya. Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, died yesterday at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts
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Najin (left) and Fatu, the world's last two female northern white rhinos, grazing together at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya.

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, died yesterday 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.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2018, with the headline 'Headed for extinction?'. Print Edition | Subscribe