today i learned – weds 21st mar 2018

i’ve got mixed feelings about today’s post peeps ๐Ÿ˜•

like, it’s an animal fact (which is awesome) … but it’s a sad animal fact ๐Ÿ˜ข

#tdil the very last male northern white rhino on earth, sudan, has passed away ๐Ÿ˜ญ #rip

now, besides this being sad because it’s about a big ole rhino passing away, it’s also sad because having a live male white rhino in the world is crucial when it comes to stopping the sub-species going extinct ๐Ÿ˜•

sudan was 45-years-old and got his name due to the place that he was born ๐Ÿฆ. initially gaining life in the wild, sudan was moved to the dvur krรกlovรฉ zoo in the czech republic at a young age.

he lived there for most of his life before moving to kenya’s ol pejeta conservancy in 2009. it was here that he lived with two younger females … with people hoping that it would cause mating and the subsequent survival of the subspecies.

as the last male in existence, dude even had his own 24 armed security to keep him safe from poachers! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

sadly, sudan never did mate with either of the females ๐Ÿ˜ข meaning that the northern white rhino species is now in a really bad place โ˜น๏ธ

that said, when sudan’s health started to deteriorate, the conservation folk started preparations to try and ensure that the species can be saved … even if sudan was to pass away.

as such, they are now going to try in vitro fertilisation ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป with experts saying that it has to go well, otherwise the subspecies could be at its end ๐Ÿ˜ข

whilst this is very sad news, it’s also touching to see how far people are going to try and save the subspecies ๐Ÿ˜Š due to poachers, there are only 30,000 rhinos left in the world (that includes all species!).

if you want to help out with the above plan to save the northern white rhino, you can donate ->here<- #notasponsoredpost #nopressure

byeeee ๐Ÿฆ #tdil

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this one kinda sucks tbh ๐Ÿ˜• never cool when a species could soon go extinct … because of greedy peeps wanting their gubbins ๐Ÿ™„ anyway … if you fancy reading more facts, take a look ->here<-

(so, free-to-use white rhino pictures were insanely hard to find ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿฆ so please excuse the images of standard rhinos! licenses are as follows: image one ->here<-, two ->here<- and the header ->here<-)

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