Saying goodbye is never easy. Saying goodbye forever is heartbreaking. The past couple of days have been gut-wrenching for many of us around the world who said our goodbyes to Sudan.
And as we think about what the future holds without him, a part of us will never be the same.
He was an icon. Sudan was the last male northern white rhino on Earth. Like all rhinos, he symbolized strength and power, but sadly he also symbolized the worst in humanity. Decades of rampant poaching have brought his species to the brink of extinction. And now, with Sudan’s passing, only two northern white rhinos remain on our planet. Time is not on their side.
He will never be forgotten. Just like Nola, our beloved northern white rhino and the matriarch of our San Diego Zoo Safari Park family, Sudan has touched the hearts of millions around the globe. Countless fans have learned about the plight of rhinos because of Sudan, who will always hold a special place in their heart.
He left a legacy. Sudan leaves behind his daughter, Najin, and granddaughter, Fatu. Under the watchful eye of their keepers, his family will continue to live on the grassy savannas of Kenya. But Sudan, Najin, and Fatu also ‘live on’ today in the Frozen Zoo®. Located at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, this one-of-a-kind collection stores the genetic material of more than 10,000 individual animals—the largest of its kind in the world—including Sudan and 11 other northern white rhinos. By developing the cutting-edge science necessary to rescue his species through the Frozen Zoo, we could turn back time and save his species from extinction.
He’s counting on us. San Diego Zoo Global is leading the fight against extinction and we’re dedicated to saving the northern white rhino before time runs out. As leaders in rhino conservation, we built the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center at the Safari Park dedicated to saving Sudan’s species from vanishing forever. Six southern white rhinos call the Rhino Rescue Center home and are the future of our cutting-edge surrogacy program to save their northern cousins. Sudan’s species can only be saved through this innovative program, which uses science and 100 years of animal care expertise to save these gentle giants from extinction—it’s their only hope.
We can’t imagine our world without them, but they need your help. We can’t do it without you.