Beyond the brink: extinction of the Northern White Rhino

The world’s last northern male white rhino, Sudan, has died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya due to age-related complications, survived only by his daughter, Najin, and granddaughter, Fatu.

It is strange that when first writing the title for this post, I wrote ‘on the brink of extinction’, but given that the world is inured to everything being on the brink of extinction, I changed the title.

Hopefully, given that his genetic material was collected, some serious genetic science can now get Fatu pregnant, and some luck intervenes to produce both males and females.