By Avery Snook, Staff Member
On May 3rd 2017, the world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, passed away of old age. The death of Sudan the male white rhino made the white rhino species go extinct entirely. Sudan was brought over to Kenya form a zoo in the Czech Republic in effort to help increase the population of the almost extinct species. In Africa, Rhino poaching has dramatically increased and has become a huge problem. The rhinos that are left in the world are critically endangered.
Rhino poaching is the illegal practice of trespassing on another’s property to hunt without the landowner’s permission. Rhinos horns have been used for Chinese medicines and crafts in Asian countries.
The only two female white rhinos left are unable to reproduce. Scientists are hoping to be able to reproduce more white rhinos by using vitro-fertilization and making a hybrid genetically similar to the southern white rhino.