Ol Pejeta Conservancy report that Sudan, last male northern white rhino in the world has ailing healthPublished: 1st March 2018

Today we received this sad email from our friends at Ol Pejeta Conservancy:

Dear Sara,

As one of the people who has supported the northern white rhinos since they arrived on Ol Pejeta in 2009, we felt it important to inform you that Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet, is starting to show signs of ailing. At the advanced age of 45, his health has begun deteriorating, and his future is not looking bright.

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.

Recently, a secondary and much deeper infection was discovered beneath the initial one. This has been treated, but worryingly, the infection is taking longer to recover, despite the best efforts of his team of vets who are giving him 24 hour care, with everything possible being done to help him regain his health. 

We are very concerned about him - he's extremely old for a rhino and we do not want him to suffer unnecessarily.

We will keep you updated on all developments. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

We are thinking of Sudan, and all the dedicated team who have cared for him over the years since he relocated to Ol Pejeta.

It was a joy to meet Sudan in 2016. The visit was organised as part of our campaign in aid of Save the Rhino International in the same year. We also met with the dog squad who we have subsequently gone on to raise funds for. The new tracking Spaniel for Ol Pejeta, funded by Explorers against Extinction will be deployed to the conservancy in September time.  

You can read the blog about our visit to the northern white rhino enclosure here.



Photographs taken at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya by Sara in May 2016 showing her husband Mark meeting Sudan and baby orphan Ringo with Sudan. 

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