The World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Has Died

Jospeh Wachira, 26, comforts Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino on the planet, moments before he passed away.  Ami Vitale—National Geographic Creative

Jospeh Wachira, 26, comforts Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino on the planet, moments before he passed away. Ami Vitale—National Geographic Creative

The world’s last male northern white rhino has died, according to a Kenyan wildlife conservatory and anti-poaching NGO WildAid, spelling the likely extinction for the subspecies.

Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy announced that 45-year-old Sudan was put down on Monday after battling multiple age-related infections that left him unable to stand.The decision to euthanize Sudan was taken with consultation of Kenyan wildlife officials and representatives from the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, where he previously lived.

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