At the moment the only surviving male white rhinoceros is under a 24 hour guarded protection in order to avoid the species from disappearing completely.
A group of rangers is in charge of guarding Sudan every day, day and night, risking their own lives trying to keep the poachers away from the rhino.
The keepers that work in the Kenyan reserve of Ol Pojeta fear for the white rhino’s safety, even if the animal does not have its ivory horn the poachers are after.
Sudan is 43 years old and experts believe the animal could easily reach 50. The rhino represents the last chance for the white rhino species to survive.
The animal and two female rhinos were moved from a Czech Republic zoo in 2009.
This preserve is specialized in the conservation of rhinos and known for its success in breeding black rhinos.
The experts hoped that the move would help the animals breed, but so far the attempts have proved unsuccessful.
The project received another blow when Suni, the second male white rhino, died in October 2014.
Currently there are only five northern white rhinos on the planet, and three of them live in Kenya are in constant danger, that’s why they need to be guarded.
Simon Irungu, one of the rangers who is in charge of guarding the last male white rhino on Earth, said that the rangers are risking their own lives to make sure the animal is safe and protected from the poachers.
Irungu said that because of the rising demand for ivory and rhinoceros horn, the poachers are always trying to kill the rhinos and sell them on the black market.
Fifty years ago there were approximately 2,000 northern white rhinos in Africa; in 1984 only 15 remained, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
The conservationists managed to save the species and brought the rhino population up to 30 specimens.
But because of poaching, almost every white rhino disappeared, and the last of them were seen in 2006.
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