The last male northern white rhino is now back to the place where he lived during 45 years, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction.
The dummy of the rhino was brought back to the country last Friday from the Czech Republic where taxidermy was done, marking a major milestone in the conservation of rhino species.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has said the dummy of the rhino, which died in March 2018, was returned to Kenya through a donation agreement with Zoo Dvur Kralove in Czech Republic to raise awareness on the plight of the endangered wildlife species.
THE JOURNEY OF SUDAN, LAST NORTHERN WHITE RHINO MALE
1975: Sudan was rescued from South Sudan and taken to ZOO Dv?r Králové, Czech Republic
1983: Sudan’s calf Nabire was born at ZOO Dv?r Králové
1989: Sudan’s calf Najin was born at ZOO Dv?r Králové. Najin is one of the only two surviving NWR.
2000s: There was a drop-in reproduction performance among the individuals held in zoos worldwide. This necessitated the introduction of some rhinos to a natural environment with the hope of prompting natural behaviour and consequently breeding.
2009: Sudan was one of the four NWR that were transported from ZOO Dv?r Králové to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
2011 and 2012: Sudan mated with both Fatu and Najin but conception was not achieved owing to reproductive issues that were identified in 2014 in both females.
2018: Death of Sudan on 18th March 2018
2019: Sudan skin and skeleton transported to Czech Republic
2021: Sudan taxidermy completed and displayed in the Czech Republic together with its skeleton
2023: Sudan taxidermy transported to Kenya on March 24, 2023 to be displayed at a central location accessible to all.