Northern White Rhino Dies

It is not often one has the opportunity to witness, first hand, one of the world's vanishing species.

Posted: Mar 22, 2018 12:09 PM

Chico, Calif. --It is not often one has the opportunity to witness, first hand, one of the world's vanishing species. But in the case of one of the last remaining Northern White Rhinos on the planet, Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough, has an up close and personal experience. Several years ago she visited the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, located in Kenya, Africa.

The Conservancy and its work is now on the world stage, as it was home to one the last surviving male Northern White Rhino in the world.

The world is mourning the loss this week of the LAST Northern White Rhino in existence. The male died this week, leaving only two females left with dwindling hopes of saving the species.

The 45-year old rhino, named Sudan, had been in poor health in recent days and was being treated for age-related issues and several infections.

Experts say the only hope now for the survival of this species, is developing in-vitro fertilization techniques, and then using eggs from the two remaining females.

A veterinary team made the decision to euthanize Sudan after his condition deteriorated significantly in past weeks.

During a 2011 visit to the Conservancy, Yarbough had the opportunity to learn about the species and witness a rare moment of a feeding for the Rhinos.

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