Sudan, The Last White Rhino Has Died
Global artist's Gillie and Marc lay tribute to end of the White Rhino species
Tragically, Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino has died. We have tears in our eyes and emptiness in our in hearts as we read this news.
It was our greatest joy to spend a wonderful week with him at Ol Pejeta Conservancy last year and we will treasure that time for the rest of our lives.
In the last 24 hours, Sudan was suffering a great deal from an infection in his leg and unable to stand. The veterinary team from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanise him.
Meeting Sudan changed our lives. It became plainly obvious to us that the extinction of his species in our lifetime was a crime beyond all comprehension and we could not just stand by and watch. How we, as an intelligent, evolved, and presumably empathetic species let this happen? Moreover, cause this to happen.Poor, gentle Sudan spent his entire life fighting. Fighting to stay alive in Sudan where he was captured. Fighting to stay healthy in the Czech Republic zoo. Fighting against the poachers when he was brought back to Kenya and fighting against an infection in his leg which sadly was his last fight.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.
We say goodbye to Sudan, the last man standing on earth and we ask you to commemorate his life if you are in New York by laying flowers at the sculpture site (Astor Place) at Sudan’s feet.
SUDAN 1973 - 2018
Sudan, the last male White Rhino of his species at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
Gillie with Sudan at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
'The Last Three' sculpture installed in Astor Place NYC to commemorate the last three White Rhinos