Google celebrates Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino

Najin (background), 30, and her offspring Fatu, 19, two female northern white rhinos, the last two northern white rhinos left on the planet, graze in their secured paddock on August 23, 2019 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, 147 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. - Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists said in Kenya on August 23. Science is the only hope for the northern white rhino after the death last year of the last male, named Sudan, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where the groundbreaking procedure was carried out August 22, 2019. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Google on Sunday published a special doodle on its homepage to honor and celebrate Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, who died more than two years ago.

The doodle was published to commemorate the day on which Sudan arrived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya eleven years ago.

Sudan died in March 2018 aged 45 from “age-related complications,” according to researchers.

The Conservancy said Sudan was euthanized after deterioration in his condition and he was no longer able to stand. His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds.

After Sudan’s death, focus switched to in vitro fertilization techniques using stored semen from other dead rhinos and eggs extracted from the two remaining females: Najin and Fatu.

Northern white rhinos once roamed parts of Chad, Sudan, Uganda, Congo and Central African Republic, and were particularly vulnerable because of the armed conflicts that have swept the region over decades.

Google began honoring people, events, anniversaries, and holidays with doodles designed by one of its engineers in 1999.

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