World's last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya

45-year-old Sudan has been put down in Kenya after his health deteriorated rapidly while he was being treated for age-related complications.
Sudan, a 45-year-old rhino, was being treated for age-related complications that had affected his muscles and bones and also gave him extensive skin wounds.
Sudan, a 45-year-old rhino, was being treated for age-related complications that had affected his muscles and bones and also gave him extensive skin wounds.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NAIROBI (REUTERS) - The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy said in a statement it had made the decision with wildlife officials and his previous carers to euthanise on Monday (March 19) the 45-year-old rhino, named Sudan, due to the rapid deterioration in his condition.

Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that had affected his muscles and bones and also gave him extensive skin wounds.

The rhino had spent two weeks in late February and early March lying in his pen due to discomfort from a deep wound on his right hind leg.

"His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal," Ol Pejeta said.

"The veterinary team from the Dver Kralove Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanise him."

Sudan had previously lived at the Dver Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic before being transported to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, about 250km north of Nairobi, where he lived with the last two females of the same species, 27-year old Najin and 17-year old Fatu.

After all attempts at getting him to mate naturally failed, conservationists last year put Sudan on dating app Tinder, hoping to raise enough money to pay for a US$9 million (S$11.8 million) fertility treatment.