After Last Male's Death, Is the Northern White Rhino Doomed?
Two females remain at the conservancy in Kenya.
The 45-year-old male rhino had been living under armed guard at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Earlier this month, Sudan developed an infection on his back right leg. He had already been suffering from age-related complications, and the infection worsened his condition.
Now, only two female northern white rhinos remain at the conservancy—the last of their kind on Earth.
Sudan's death is largely seen as the final signature on the species' death warrant.
There was a major conservation push to help Sudan produce an offspring. In one last ditch effort to raise money for the rhino's care, conservationists created a Tinder profile for Sudan.
Documenting Sudan and the species decline was a major project for National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale.