World's last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya at age 45

NAIROBI, March 20 (Reuters) - The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world. Ol Pejeta Conservancy said in a statement it had made the decision with wildlife officials and his previous carers to euthanise on Monday the 45-year-old rhino, named Sudan, due to the rapid deterioration in his condition.

Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that had affected his muscles and bones and also gave him extensive skin wounds.

The rhino had spent two weeks in late February and early March lying in his pen due to discomfort from a deep wound on his right hind leg.

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The last surviving male northern white rhino named 'Sudan' grazes at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia national park, Kenya June 14, 2015. A cricket tournament was hosted at the home of the last surviving male northern white rhino, and hopes to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals and the need for community involvement in conservation. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Sudan, the last surviving male northern white rhino, is fed by a warden at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia national park, Kenya May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Sudan, the last surviving male northern white rhino, grazes at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia national park, Kenya May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Wardens assist the last surviving male northern white rhino named 'Sudan' as it grazes at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia national park, Kenya June 14, 2015. A cricket tournament was hosted at the home of the last surviving male northern white rhino, and hopes to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals and the need for community involvement in conservation. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Sudan, the last surviving male northern white rhino, grazes at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia national park, Kenya May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
The last surviving male northern white rhino named 'Sudan' grazes at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia national park, Kenya June 14, 2015. A cricket tournament was hosted at the home of the last surviving male northern white rhino, and hopes to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals and the need for community involvement in conservation. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
A warden massages the last surviving male northern white rhino named 'Sudan' as it grazes at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia national park, Kenya June 14, 2015. A cricket tournament was hosted at the home of the last surviving male northern white rhino, and hopes to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals and the need for community involvement in conservation. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Sudan, 36, a male Northern White Rhinoceros that was shipped to Kenya from the Czech Republic grazes at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy near Nanyuki town, 350 km (217 miles) north of the capital Nairobi January 19, 2010. Four rare, northern white rhinos, half the known population left in the world, were transported to Kenya from the Dvur Kralove zoo in northern Czech Republic in a last-ditch bid to save the species from extinction. White rhinos are the largest land mammals after elephants and typically live in herds of up to 14 animals. The numbers of the northern subspecies have plummeted from an estimated 500 in the 1970s due mainly to poachers. REUTERS/Noor Khamis (KENYA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
Members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors (L-R) Sambu Sintario, Feancis Ole Mishami, Sonyanga Ole Ngais and Jonathan Ole Mishami pose for a photohraph with the last surviving male northern white rhino named 'Sudan' after playing against the British Army Training Unit (BATUK) cricket team during a charity tournament called the "Last Male Standing" at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia national park, Kenya June 14, 2015. The cricket tournament is hosted at the home of the last surviving male northern white rhino, and hopes to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals and the need for community involvement in conservation. The Maasai Cricket Warriors actively campaign against retrogressive traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation and early childhood marriages, while fighting to eradicate discrimination against women in Maasailand. Through cricket, they hope to promote healthier lifestyles and to also spread awareness about HIV/AIDS amongst youths. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A close-up view of an eye of a Northern White Rhino named Sudan at the zoo in Dvur Kralove nad Labem in the Czech Republic December 16, 2009. Eight white rhinos live in captivity - six at the zoo in Dvur Kralove and two in the San Diego zoo - and experts believe they are among the last of the species left on the planet, as the rest of the population were killed by war and the loss of their habitat in Africa. Officials at the Czech zoo said four of the rhinos will be moved to the Ol Pejeta reservation in Kenya on Saturday in an effort to conserve the population. REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
A Northern White Rhino named Sudan walks into a crate at the zoo in Dvur Kralove nad Labem in the Czech Republic December 16, 2009. Eight white rhinos live in captivity - six at the zoo in Dvur Kralove and two in the San Diego zoo - and experts believe they are among the last of the species left on the planet, as the rest of the population were killed by war and the loss of their habitat in Africa. Officials at the Czech zoo said four of the rhinos will be moved to the Ol Pejeta reservation in Kenya on Saturday in an effort to conserve the population. REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
A Northern White Rhino named Sudan walks past a crate at the zoo in Dvur Kralove nad Labem in the Czech Republic December 16, 2009. Eight white rhinos live in captivity - six at the zoo in Dvur Kralove and two in the San Diego zoo - and experts believe they are among the last of the species left on the planet, as the rest of the population were killed by war and the loss of their habitat in Africa. Officials at the Czech zoo said four of the rhinos will be moved to the Ol Pejeta reservation in Kenya on Saturday in an effort to conserve the population. REUTERS/Petr Josek(CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
A Northern White Rhino named Sudan walks out of a crate at the zoo in Dvur Kralove nad Labem in the Czech Republic December 16, 2009. Eight white rhinos live in captivity - six at the zoo in Dvur Kralove and two in the San Diego zoo - and experts believe they are among the last of the species left on the planet, as the rest of the population were killed by war and the loss of their habitat in Africa. Officials at the Czech zoo said four of the rhinos will be moved to the Ol Pejeta reservation in Kenya on Saturday in an effort to conserve the population. REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC WILDLIFE - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
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"His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal," Ol Pejeta said. "The veterinary team from the Dver Kralove Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanise him."

Sudan had previously lived at the Dver Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic before being transported to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, about 250 km (155 miles) north of Nairobi, where he lived with the last two females of the same species, 27-year old Najin and 17-year old Fatu.

After all attempts at getting him to mate naturally failed, conservationists last year put Sudan on dating app Tinder, hoping to raise enough money to pay for a $9 million fertility treatment. (Reporting by George Obulutsa; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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