In Summary
  • Sudan is one of only three living northern white rhinoceroses in the world.
  • He lives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya.
  • An infection on his right leg was treated but it is taking long to heal.

Veterinarians and conservationists are worried about the deteriorating health of the last male northern white rhinoceros in the world.

The health of the rhino named Sudan is said to have significantly deteriorated after it developed a secondary and much deeper infection on his back right leg, beneath an initial one.

INFECTION

Sudan is one of only three living northern white rhinoceroses in the world. He lives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya.

According to conservationists at the Ol Pejeta ranch, the infection was treated but it is taking longer to heal.

“At the end of 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,” read a press statement sent to newsrooms on Thursday morning.

DATING APP

Last year, the conservancy enrolled Sudan on Tinder, a dating app, in a bid to raise money for a northern white rhino breeding campaign.

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