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Thu Apr 16, 2015, 01:57 PM

 

With 1 male left worldwide, northern white rhinos under guard day and night

Source: CNN.com

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya (CNN)At first glance, Sudan looks like any other northern white rhino: stout and agile, with square lips.

He grazes under the hot sun, his massive head lowered to the ground, with the occasional glance at visitors gawking at him from four-wheel drives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya.

When he's not wallowing in his enclosure, he waddles around the sprawling savannah, stopping briefly to drink water from a concrete hole.

But Sudan is not just any rhino. He's the last known male northern white rhino left in the entire world.

For an animal on the verge of extinction, the fate of the subspecies rests on his ability to conceive with the two female northern white rhinos at the conservancy.

In addition to various breeding measures, the animals are under 24-hour protection by armed guards. Rhinos are targeted by poachers, fueled by the belief in Asia that their horns cure various ailments. Experts say the rhino horn is becoming more lucrative than drugs.

In addition to round-the-clock security, the conservancy has put radio transmitters on the animals and dispatches incognito rangers into neighboring communities to gather intelligence on poaching.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/16/africa/kenya-northern-white-rhino/index.html



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Cooley Hurd Apr 2015 OP
Spitfire of ATJ Apr 2015 #1
Judi Lynn Apr 2015 #2
donnasgirl Apr 2015 #3
shenmue Apr 2015 #4
donnasgirl Apr 2015 #5
shenmue Apr 2015 #6
closeupready Apr 2015 #7
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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 02:01 PM

1. Poor guy probably feels really drained.

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 02:01 PM

2. Hope they can keep him safe. What a horrible situation. n/t

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 02:02 PM

3. They need to protect

This magnificent animal with what ever it takes.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 02:06 PM

4. Can they clone him?

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Response to shenmue (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 02:09 PM

5. I don't know the answer

But I sure hope so.

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Response to donnasgirl (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 02:13 PM

6. I has a big Sad

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Response to shenmue (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 02:19 PM

7. I presume they've preserved some of his sperm.

 

That would be a responsible thing to do, for the worst case scenario.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 03:37 PM

8. Its 2015 and we still have people who think horns can give them powers.

 

Its absolutely ridiculous. I hope they can do something to help bring them back

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2015, 05:55 PM

9. Put some toxic stuff out on the black market.

Stuff that will make their junk rot and fall off.

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