Northern White Rhinos: Verge of Extinction?

Maddie Garcia

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On the morning of March 19th, 2018, the last male Northern white rhino died leaving only two females of its kind left in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. At age 45, the rhino named Sudan passed away after undergoing many health issues to the point where it couldn’t stand. Now that there are only two female and no male Northern white rhinos, and the subspecies may go extinct. Many animals like the Northern white rhino are close to extinction, but it isn’t the animals’ fault. Of course, this rhino was aging and had many health issues due to natural causes and died as a result. But when we are talking about the group as a whole, humans are to blame for the extinction of the species. Poaching has become a huge problem in many countries such as Africa and China. This occurs because those people believe that the horns have great value, so to retrieve the horns, they kill the animals. This also happens to elephants which are another mammal with a form of horns called tusks which are made out of ivory. As humans kill more animals like elephants, whales, rhinos, and more just for money, the rest of the ecosystem is thrown off. Other than humans, there aren’t many threats to white rhinos, but with cases like whales, they eat lots of krill, shrimp, and plankton. If whales didn’t eat them, the water would be overpopulated with these sea creatures. There has been a lack of Northern white rhinos for a long time, and now there are only two left in the world. Since Sudan was the last male of the Northern white rhinos, the two females are unable to produce more offspring. The point behind the captivity of the rhinos was to protect and produce more Northern white rhinos, but since that has failed there aren’t many options left for the subspecies. Unfortunately, in the next twenty years, we may not ever see a Northern white rhino again.

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