DONATE IN MEMORY OF SUDAN
It is with great sadness that we announced Sudan’s death on March 19th, 2018. At the advanced age of 45, Sudan was being treated for age-related health issues and for a series of infections and unfortunately lost the battle. Sudan was the last male northern white rhino on the planet. His death leaves just two females; his daughter Najin and her daughter Fatu, who remain at Ol Pejeta. This is a human failure of epic proportions; thanks to our greed and irresponsibility, a species is one significant step closer to extinction.
A SPECIES ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION
Northern white rhinos used to roam East and Central Africa in vast numbers, but conflict, poaching and habitat loss eliminated them. Ol Pejeta’s northern whites came in 2009 from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, where all breeding attempts had been futile. It was hoped that a more natural environment would stimulate more successful results, but sadly nothing changed.
Thankfully, Fatu and Najin, the last northern white females, are still in good health, and a roadmap for their regeneration is in place. Through cutting edge reproductive technology and meticulous, expert care, there is a chance that they will be able to save this magnificent creature from disappearing forever.
DONATE IN MEMORY OF SUDAN
Today we are asking you to donate in Sudan’s honour. With your help he can leave a legacy. A donation to support the IVF research will help to ensure that one day in the future, northern white rhinos will once again roam freely in their natural habitat.
At the end of the 2017, Sudan developed an uncomfortable age related infection on his back right leg. It was immediately assessed by a team of vets from around the world, and responded well to treatment, healing quickly. He resumed normal movement and foraging habits over January up to mid-February, with his demeanour and general activity improving significantly.
Recently, a secondary and much deeper infection was discovered beneath the initial one. This has been treated, but worryingly, the infection is taking longer to recover, despite the best efforts of his team of vets who are giving him 24 hour care, with everything possible being done to help him regain his health.
We are very concerned about him - he's extremely old for a rhino and we do not want him to suffer unnecessarily.
We will keep you updated on all developments. Please keep him in your thoughts.
We have some exciting news for those of you who supported Sudan through our Most Eligible Bachelor campaign. You can now wear it!
We have come up with some super cool merchandise that you can grab to promote the campaign and to share with the rest of your peeps. Step out in style by rocking one of our two funky t-shirts and show your support for Sudan. These t-shirts are only available for a limited amount of time so get some before they run out.
If the t-shirts don’t rock your boat, we also have awesome wall posters that you can get in aid of our efforts to save the northern whites. Order your#MostEligibleBachelor gear yourself or family and friends now here:
Grab some merch, spread the word, donate and let’s get Sudan a mate – and in the process save a species.
The campaign has received amazing media coverage from global news outlets like Wired, CNN, BBC, Mashable among others. The campaign has gone viral – something essential as we aim to raise awareness not only about the northern white rhinos but also other species threatened with extinction.
We are so grateful for your donations. Whether you have contributed a dollar or a thousand, every single dollar counts as we race to save the northern white rhinos.
Whomever you are, wherever you are, we can make a difference. Let’s leave this world better for our children than we found it.
Swipe right, share, tweet and donate. There’s a long way to go but together we will get ‘the most eligible bachelor’ a suitor.
For more information on this campaign, contact:
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** Reproduction and stem cell researchers meet in Vienna to develop a rescue plan for the northern white rhino **
International scientists met in Austria in early December 2015 for a conference on Conservation by Cellular Technologies. The last three northern white rhinos in the world, who live on Ol Pejeta, are completely incapable of natural reproduction. Experts have concluded that the subspecies can only be saved by using cellular techniques. The conference was supported by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin (IZW), San Diego Zoo Global (USA), Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Austria) and ZOO Dvůr Králové (Czech Republic).
One of the participants in the meeting, the Japanese stem cell scientist Katsuhiko Hayashi (Kyushu University), has already grown mice out of simple skin cells. The plan devised in Vienna is to use natural gametes from the remaining three rhinos, as well as samples collected from dead individuals, and multiply them. Scientists will also use induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which are taken from somatic cells, for example in the skin. They hope that as research continues to progress, it might be possible to specifically mature the iPS cells into neurons, heart muscle cells or even gametes. In-vitro fertilised gametes can then be introduced into surrogate mothers and a fertile northern white rhinos will be produced.
The process will require the latest findings in stem cell research to be adjusted and applied to rhinos, and will be the first use of the technology in wildlife conservation. DNA of a dozen northern white rhinos has been preserved in genetic banks in Berlin and San Diego, and will be used in this project. The first studies have already begun, and the complete rescue and research plan will be published as a status report next year.
Our GoFundMe campaign aims to raise funds to assist in the research necessary to save the species. Please continue to support this campaign by spreading the word and sharing with your loved ones.
Hi Tim. Yes, the white rhinos that you see near Nyeri are southern white rhino. This campaign is about northern white rhino of which there are only four remaining in the world (three on Ol Pejeta and one in the US). These sub-species are very similar but the northern white rhino has evolved to be specially adapted to central Africa.
This should have been done long ago, along with the measures they’ve recently put in place to protect them. With only 1 male and 2 females, is it even worth it when there is such a small gene pool? Isn’t he related to the last females? Or do they plan on breeding him with another breed?