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Honouring Sudan: The 5th Anniversary of the Passing of Sudan – the Last Male Northern White Rhino

Honouring Sudan: The 5th Anniversary of the Passing of Sudan – the Last Male Northern White Rhino

Ol Pajeta Conservancy

Honouring Sudan- the Last Male Northern White Rhino

On the 19th of March 2023 we commemorate the 5th year since Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, passed away on Ol Pejeta. In recognition of this, Ol Pejeta have launched Honouring Sudan: 5 Years of Hope, which seeks to raise awareness and funds for rhino conservation.

Join us and Ol Pejeta, and show your support to Honouring Sudan: 5 Years of Hope by donating below. Your gift will help Ol Pejeta to continue safeguarding the remaining two northern white rhinos in the world.

 

SUDAN’S STORY

Picture courtesy of Glyn Edmunds. Sudan on Ol Pejeta before he passed away.
Picture courtesy of Glyn Edmunds. Sudan on Ol Pejeta before he passed away.

Sudan’s story has been chronicled in the news, movies, documentaries and innumerable other media. He was the last male of his species – the northern white rhino (NWR).

The population of NWRs was largely decimated by unsustainable human activity. When they were declared extinct in the wild in 2009, Sudan was relocated to Ol Pejeta with three other NWRs – Suni (now deceased), Najin and Fatu. It was thought that a more natural habitat would overcome the rhinos’ reluctance to breed in captivity. Sadly in 2014, after a series of tests, it became clear his mating days were behind him. His distinguished but tenuous role was a catalyst for scientists to develop technological innovations that could potentially bring NWRs back from the brink of extinction.

In 2018 Sudan died, after suffering from age-related health issues. He is survived by his daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu – now the last two known NWRs.

In the video below, Zachery Mutia, Head Care-taker of the NWRs at Ol Pejeta, speaks to Sudan’s role as ambassador for this species.

 

HONOURING SUDAN: 5 years on

5 Ways Your Donation Can Help:

1. $10 could buy one bale of hay for Najin and Fatu.
2. $50 could provide one medical pack containing lifesaving supplies for rangers patrolling the Conservancy.
3. $100 can cover the veterinary care for Najin and Fatu for 1 month.
4. $250 can support the salary of 1 northern white rhino care-taker for 1 month.
5. $500 could be used to support training costs for one anti-poaching dog and their handler. Regular re-fresher training is required to ensure the rangers and K9 unit are highly-skilled, responding to poaching threats effectively.

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Picture courtesy of Glyn Edmunds. Sudan on Ol Pejeta with one of his care-takers.
Picture courtesy of Glyn Edmunds. Sudan on Ol Pejeta with one of his caretaker.

 

We hope you will consider joining us in commemorating the 5th anniversary of Sudan’s passing. By supporting Ol Pejeta today, you are honouring his legacy and the future of the northern white rhinos.

 

 


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Ol Pejeta is a non-profit wildlife conservancy in Kenya supporting endangered species, tourism and community outreach.