Death of Northern White Rhino Suni

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our Northern White Rhinos, Suni.

Suni was one of the two male Northern Whites residing on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  He was 34 years of age.

Ol Pejeta  rangers found him on the morning  of October 17thdead in his boma.  Suni was not a victim of poaching and we have yet to establish the cause of his sudden death.  A post mortem has been performed by Kenya Wild Life Services   and we await results of histopathology and toxicology  to hopefully confirm the cause of death.

There are only 6 northern white rhinos left in the world today. Suni was one of the last two breeding males in the world and no Northern white rhinos are known to have survived in the wild. Consequently the species now stands at the brink of complete extinction.

Ol Pejeta and its partners Fauna and Fauna International, Back to Africa and Kenya Wild Life Services  will continue to do what they  can to work with the remaining three animals that remain in the hope that our efforts will one day result in the successful birth of a calf. We are presently attempting to  hybridize the project animals with Southern White Rhinos to preserve the precious genes of the Northern Whites.
For more information please feel free to contact Hamish Currie at  backtoafrica@iafrica.com

 

 

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