In this file photo taken on December 16, 2009, a Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), named Sudan, sits in front of a transport box in a zoo in Dvur Kralove. / AFP / Michal CIZEK
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Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that only science can now prevent.A final remaining wild population of about 20-30 rhinos in the Democratic Republic of Congo died out during fighting in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and by 2008 the northern white rhino was considered extinct in the wild.Then in 2009, Sudan, another male and the two females were shipped to Ol Pejeta in Kenya, with high hopes that conditions similar to their native habitat would encourage breeding.Further efforts to mate a male southern white rhino with the females -- and thus conserve some of the northern white genes -- were also unsuccessful.The other male rhino, Suni, died of natural causes in October 2014 .
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