Google on Sunday published a special doodle on its homepage to honor and celebrate Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, who died more than two years ago.
The doodle was published to commemorate the day on which Sudan arrived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya eleven years ago.
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Sudan died in March 2018 aged 45 from “age-related complications,” according to researchers.
The Conservancy said Sudan was euthanized after deterioration in his condition and he was no longer able to stand. His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds.
After Sudan’s death, focus switched to in vitro fertilization techniques using stored semen from other dead rhinos and eggs extracted from the two remaining females: Najin and Fatu.
Northern white rhinos once roamed parts of Chad, Sudan, Uganda, Congo and Central African Republic, and were particularly vulnerable because of the armed conflicts that have swept the region over decades.
Google began honoring people, events, anniversaries, and holidays with doodles designed by one of its engineers in 1999.