LIVE SCIENCE – STEPHANIE PAPPAS
Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where the rhino spent his last years, announced the death of the 45-year-old rhinoceros, saying that his health worsened to a point that he was suffering and unable to walk. Officials there made the decision to euthanize the rhino.
“He had been suffering from age-related health issues and from a series of infection[s],” Conservancy staff said in a statement. “Once his condition worsened significantly and he was unable to stand up and evidently, suffered a great deal, the decision to euthanise him was made by his veterinary team.”
Sudan was the last wild-caught northern white rhinoceros in captivity. The rhinoceros’s death leaves only two of the northern white rhino subspecies (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) alive on the planet: Najin, Sudan’s daughter born in 1989, and Fatu, Najin’s daughter born in 2000.