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Google Doodle draws attention to Sudan, the last male white rhino in the north

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Sunday’s Google Doodle pays tribute to Sudan, the last surviving male northern white rhino known to be a loving ‘soft giant’.

 

Google Doodle draws attention to Sudan, the last male white rhino in the north

 

The Doodle commemorates the day in 2009 when Sudan and three other northern white rhinos arrived at their new home at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Sudan was probably the last northern white rhino born in the wild to be caught in 1975 in Shambe, Sudan.

A year later, he was taken to the Dvůr Králové Zoo in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), the only zoo in the world where northern white rhinos have successfully given birth. There the Sudan fathered three calves and became the grandfather of one.

 

The four were transferred to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2009 after the northern white rhino became extinct in the wild. Environmentalists had hoped that it would breed in their natural K. enyan habitat in rhinos, but attempts failed.

Sudan spent the last years of his life with his daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu before being killed in 2018 at the age of 45.

Google Doodle draws attention to Sudan, the last male white rhino in the north
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Despite the death of Sudan, scientists hope to use in vitro fertilization techniques to save the subspecies. But for now, Najin and Fatu are the last two northern white rhinos in the world.

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