💔 Heartbroken... RIP Sudan. You’ll be forever remembered .
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It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvůr Králové Zoo announce that Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, age 45, died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19th, 2018 (yesterday). Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal. The veterinary team from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him.
Sudan will be remembered for his unusually memorable life. In the 1970s, he escaped extinction of his kind in the wild when he was moved to Dvůr Králové Zoo. Throughout his existence, he significantly contributed to survival of his species as he sired two females. Additionally, his genetic material was collected yesterday and provides a hope for future attempts at reproduction of northern white rhinos through advanced cellular technologies. During his final years, Sudan came back to Africa and stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength. “We on Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death. He was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity. One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists world wide,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO.
Unfortunately, Sudan’s death leaves just two female northern white rhinos on the planet; his daughter Najin and her daughter Fatu, who remain at Ol Pejeta. The only hope for the preservation of this subspecies now lies in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques using eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white rhino semen from males and surrogate southern white rhino females.
🌿 RIP Stephen Hawking and thank you for all you did for science
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Vale Professor Stephen Hawking, 8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018. One of our favourite insights from the scientific legend.
His full quote is incredibly powerful and moving. Take a moment to be inspired and motivated by this wonderful human. 'I am very aware of the preciousness of time. Seize the moment. Act now. I have spent my life travelling across the universe inside my mind. Through theoretical #physics , I have sought to answer some of the great questions. But there are other challenges, other big questions which must be answered and these will also need a new generation who are interested, engaged and with an understanding of #science . How will we feed an ever growing population, provide clean water, generate renewable energy, prevent and cure disease, and slow down global climate change? I hope that science and technology will provide answers to these questions, but it will take people – human beings with knowledge and understanding – to implement the solutions.
One of the greatest revelations of the Space Age has been the perspective it has given humanity on ourselves. When we see the Earth from space, we see ourselves as a whole. We see the unity and not the divisions. It is such a simple image with a compelling message.
One planet, one human race.
We are here together and we need to live together with tolerance and respect. We must become ‘Global Citizens’
I have been enormously privileged through my work to be able to contribute to our understanding of the universe. But it would be an empty universe indeed if it were not for the people I love and who love me.
We are all time-travellers journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit.
Be brave. Be determined. Overcome the odds. It can be done.' -Professor #StephenHawking .
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🌿 Happy #worldwildlifeday and a shout out to all the beautiful big cats that we share this planet with.
Apex predators in their respective environments... perfectly evolved to be masters of their domains... but then... humans.
We have ruined their habitats, taken their prey, taken their lives. It is our duty to fix what we have broken. We owe it these animals to hand back their kingdom.