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.
With only two members left worldwide, the northern white rhino is functionally extinct. However, technology may offer humans a way to undo the tremendous damage inflicted on this subspecies. The first ever hybrid rhino embryo has been successfully created by a consortium of scientific organisations in Europe.
This development is monumental in endangered species conservation but there is still a long way to go before purebred northern white rhino are born. We need your help to further perfect Assisted Reproductive Technologies that will help us achieve this goal.
Donate here: https://donate.olpejetaconservancy.org/projects/sudan
What does this mean?
It’s a huge breakthrough for the regeneration of the northern white rhinos. Using a southern white rhino egg and northern white rhino sperm, scientists at Avantea developed a valid embryo that has a strong chance of surviving to term. This means they have the technology and experience to replicate the procedure with pure northern white rhino genetics.
On March 19, 2018, the world was devastated by the loss of Sudan, the last male of his kind, to age-related illnesses. It struck a terrible blow for the species, who were then functionally extinct. Thanks to the continued dedication from scientists, conservationists and philanthropists across the world however, the miracle of their renaissance may now actually become a reality.
We hope to be able to soon welcome the scientists to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where they will perform the ovum pick up (OPU) - harvesting eggs from Fatu and Najin. Once they have the eggs, they can begin the process of bringing a species back from the very brink of extinction.
“This research is groundbreaking. We are witnessing the development of a method that can help to compensate the negative impact of humans on nature. We are very thankful for all donations received from private people supporting our race against time. We hope that the current achievement will help us to convince more people as well as public authorities that this new approach is feasible and worth supporting,” Steven Seet, Head of Press & Communications at the Leibniz - IZW.
In the meantime, we will carry on taking the best possible care of Fatu and Najin and the herd of southern whites specifically selected to one day, hopefully, become surrogates for northern white rhinos. If you would like to donate in memory of Sudan and for the future of the northern whites, please click here.
We would like to thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. These are tremendously exciting times and we are more hopeful than ever that we may once again see northern white rhinos roaming in the wild.
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.
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?
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I'm just curious why no mention of the male baby white rhino just born in Toronto? I thought that would have been worth some notice? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-zoo-white-rhino-newborn-1.4466146