Sudan, a 45-year-old rhino and the last male of his subspecies (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), is ailing in the wake of two infections on his back right leg, according to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the wildlife sanctuary in Kenya where the last three northern white rhinoceroses on the planet live.
“At the advanced age of 45, his health has begun deteriorating, and his future is not looking bright,” Sudan’s caregivers posted on Ol Pejeta’s Facebook page. Rhinos usually live between about 30 and 40 years, according to a follow-up comment by the caregivers, and Sudan’s problems are age-related.
Towards the end of 2017, Sudan developed an uncomfortable age-related infection on his back right leg. A team of veterinarians from around the world assessed the infection and Sudan responded well to the treatment. He resumed his normal movement and foraging habits from January up to mid-February, his demeanour and general activity improving significantly.
However, a secondary and much deeper infection was discovered beneath the initial one. This was treated, but unfortunately the infection is taking longer to heal and the team are now concerned about his health, saying that they “do not want him to suffer unnecessarily”.
Sudan arrived at the conservancy in 2009 and was made famous last year when the 45-year-old rhino featured as a Tinder profile after Ol Pejeta Conservancy partnered with Tinder to raise awareness of the dying breed. Sudan was dubbed “The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World” and users were directed to his donation page when swiping right on his profile.