Our Beloved Sudan

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Matthew Moskowitz, Journalist

March 20, 2018 now marks a sad day in the animal world. Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino, died in Kenya. It has been released that he passed from age complications, seeing that he was 45 years old at the time of his death. While Sudan was the last male Northern White Rhino, two females remain- his daughter and granddaughter. Since the species has been almost wiped out by poaching, a team of armed guards were around him 24 hours a day while living on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

 

Surprisingly, Sudan’s life was spared by many poachers all these years. But when you think about why they did so, it’s not as “nice” as you might think. These poachers avoided Sudan because they knew that if he was killed then there would be no more Northern White rhinos to hunt for large amounts of money. Politically, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is not managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service because of the KWS’ scrutiny for harmful accusations of human right that’s being covered by “fighting terrorism and poaching.” The loss of such an important animal can serve as a note for people to start realizing conservation efforts and start protecting other endangered species across the globe.