😢😢😢 It's such as shame to hear about the loss of Sudan, the world's last remaining 'Male' Northern white Rhino. Now only 2 females remain at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. His death may mark the end for this subspecies, with all hope now riding on the possibility of In-vitro fertilisation to continue on his legacy.
The species was driven towards extinction due to heavy poaching in the 1970-80s. A major issue that is still persistent today and affects many species beyond the Rhino. Never have we been more aware of the global impact we have on this fragile planet. But due to the lack of compassion for 'our' home, we will continue to see more species face and lose to extinction. It shouldn't take the loss of another species to initiate a change in action, however vital action is needed. We are pushing beyond the limits and soon it may be to late to act. The one thing everyone has in common is this planet.
And with that Jane Goodalls words echo in my mind "The greatest danger to our future is apathy". Wise words that couldn't be more right.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NOOR KHAMIS, NAT GEO .
Habitat: Woodlands, Grasslands, and Deserts.
Conservation Status: Least Concerned.
Population: Data Deficient.
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With all the amazing things we can do today with medicine, technology, machinery etc, and yet we have allowed and watched an incredible SubSpecies of Rhino pretty much go extinct on our watch.
Sudan was the LAST Male Northern White Rhino and now he has gone. Let that sink in. Gone forever. Our children and their children may never know what it was like to have these mammals around. Their existence will just go into a book like the dinosaurs and will slowly just become a far away history.. (do kids even read books anymore or is it all iPads and bullshit?) He was an icon. An ambassador for his kind. He died at 45 years old surrounded by those who loved him and who had looked after him since being brought into Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2009. Leaving his daughter and granddaughter behind as the last 2 living females of Northern White Rhino. There is very small hope that a baby can be born through IVF, so we can all pray this will be successful.
Poaching is very real people! I've seen it happen. I've removed snares and traps myself. I've heard the cries of the animals when we just got there too late... As a race, humans are the most powerful and destructive creatures on this planet; it's time for us to get a slap in the face and wake the fuck up! We have absolutely no right to dominate their present day and their future. We shouldn't have to be protecting them, they should be flourishing freely and roaming their lands without a care in the world. But here we are - losing species.
Are we ignorant? Stupid? Disrespectful? Uneducated? Who knows... All I know is that there are a strong team of Anti-Poachers out there working day and night, risking their lives to protect our wildlife and they need our support.
We have made a mess. A big mess. We need to make amends right now!
Please take the time to educate yourselves, spread the word, travel and see the world for yourself, do whatever you want big or small to make a difference and spread awareness. Together we can make this change.
Animales que han sobrevivido por cientos de miles de años en éste planeta. A lo único que no pueden sobrevivir, es a la humanidad.
Sudan. The last remaining male Northern White Rhino 🌻❤️
Repost of @natgeo @amivitale
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Photo by @brentstirton
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