The World’s Last Male White Rhino Placed Under 24-Hour Armed Guard In Kenya

May 1, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Animals

Out in the vast wilds of Kenya’s southern savanna, the singular remnant of a once wide-ranging subspecies of rhinoceros stands precariously close to the edge of extinction. The Northern White Rhino, which once ranged over much of the central and eastern regions of the African continent, is staring down the barrel of a gun – literally.

Only a single male by the name of Sudan is left in the wild. Luckily, he doesn’t stand alone.

Rangers from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy guard Sudan 24/7 in an desperate effort to protect him from harm.

The conservancy is a 90,000-acre piece of land where the rangers work together with local law enforcement to defend the animals that call it home.

The population of the Northern White Rhino, like all wild rhino species, has been devastated by the black market for their horns. A horn like Sudan’s can fetch up to $75,000 per kilogram.

There are 5 remaining female northern white rhinos in the wild, but Sudan is the only male left – and so the future of the species depends on his survival.

Poachers are well armed, and so the rangers have to be, too.

Although Sudan is not the only animal that calls the conservancy home, he is the most at risk.

To aid in his protection, rangers utilize GPS, surveillance aircraft, and even dogs who are trained to detect security breeches.

Despite the odds, scientists still hope they can bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

They are considering breeding the females with similar subspecies of rhinos, and then breeding that generation back into more pure northern white rhinos.

As it stands, Sudan’s life hangs delicately on the edge. This makes the work of the rangers that guard him all the more essential.

Source: Mashable

It is truly heartbreaking to think of how far humanity has pushed these amazing animals, but it is encouraging to know that there are still those who are dedicated to their survival.

For more information on Sudan’s protection and care, visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Facebook page and website, and please share Sudan’s story with others below.