Google reminds today (Sunday, 20 December) in his doodle to the last surviving male rhinoceros from the north, Sudan

The animal died in 2018 at the age of 45 (the equivalent of 90 in human years), effectively making the entire subspecies extinct

His life and memory are a symbol of the ongoing efforts to protect rhinos and a vivid reminder of the danger of extinction that many species face today

The northern white rhinoceros was once abundant in central Africa, but astounding rates of illegal hunting of its horn have made it endangered in the wild

Sudan, known as the loving “gentle giant”, was born in South Sudan in 1973 before being brought to the Dvůr Králové Zoo in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1976

He is believed to be the last man of his kind to be born in the wild and to live to be 6 feet tall in captivity, a whopping 5000 pounds (about the weight of a medium-sized car) and fathered two daughters

After the northern white rhinoceros was declared extinct in the wild in 2009, four rhinos, including Sudan, its daughter Najin, and granddaughter Fatu, were returned to their African homeland

They arrived at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a nature reserve in Kenya where conservationists hoped the natural environment would encourage breeding among the animals

Since the death of Sudan, the future of the northern white rhinoceros lies with its female relatives – Najin and Fatu – the last couple in the world to live under constant protection from poachers

Hope remains as scientists work to develop in vitro fertilization techniques to save the subspecies from extinction

Experts plan to use southern white rhinoceros surrogates to preserve and maintain northern rhino genes in the future, but the species’ fate remains uncertain

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Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros

World News – USA – Google Doodle honors Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros in the world