Extremely Rare White Rhino Dies in Kenya—His Kind Nearly Extinct
The 34-year-old Suni was one of two breeding males of his subspecies left on Earth.
The northern white rhinoceros is one step closer to extinction with the death of Suni, one of only two breeding males left of his kind.
The 34-year-old animal was found dead October 17 in his enclosure in Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy, possibly from natural causes, the reserve said in a statement. White rhinos are thought to be able to live up to 40 or 50 years. An autopsy is under way, but officials are certain poachers did not kill Suni, as the animal was monitored around the clock. (See "1,000+ Rhinos Poached in 2013: Highest in Modern History.")
The death of the rare creature, which had not fathered any offspring, leaves only six northern white rhinos left