Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on Earth, died on Monday aged 45.

Only one of three of its subspecies, Sudan came to represent the last hope, protected by round-the-clock armed security and given a 700-acre enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

Suffering from age-related health issues and a series of infections, Sudan's condition worsened over Sunday and Monday. He was unable to stand up, clearly suffering, leading to a decision to euthanise him by his veterinary team.

"We on Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan's death," Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO, said in a statement.

"He was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity. One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists worldwide."

Sudan's death leaves only known two northern white rhinos remaining, his daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu, as conservationists hope the collection of his genetic material may aid future efforts at reproduction.

There's also hope that Najin and Fatu may be able to become pregnant with in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques, combining the two female's eggs with stored northern white rhino semen from males and surrogate southern white rhino females.

Sudan was named for the country he was captured in. He was taken to the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, alongside five other northern white rhinos back in 1975, but was moved to the conservancy back in 2009.

Breeding efforts were unsuccessful in years gone by, in part due to Sudan's old age. Rhinos have long been in decline due to hunting and habitat loss. Since 2006, no northern white rhino has been spotted in the wild.

The last northern white rhino death was back in 2015, when Nola died at San Diego Zoo Safari Park aged 41.


Activists had locked down to three concrete-filled barrels in an attempt to block slaughter trucks from accessing the trap and transporting wild buffalo to slaughter facilities.

More than 1,000 wild Yellowstone buffalo have been hunted, slaughtered, or held for quarantine (domestication) so far this winter. Fewer than 3,700 buffalo remain in the country’s last wild, migratory herds.

The Wild Buffalo Defense press release stated that the two men who locked down today have been identified as Wolf and Coyote. Their release reported that the men “blocked the gate with three 55-gallon drums filled with concrete, locking their arms inside the barrels.” The barrels contained two messages: “Protect the Sacred,” and “Honor the Treaties.” Yellowstone’s trap and the maltreatment of the country’s last wild buffalo is viewed by the majority of indigenous people as a continuation of genocide. By around 9am, the two men had been removed and arrested.

Wild Buffalo Defense’s release included statements from the two men:

Wolf stated, “My father is from Michaocan, Mexico, so I have both Native and colonizer blood. Since I wasn’t raised in a Native setting, this is my way to give back to the Native community. I’m from Illinois — it’s called the Prairie State, and there’s less than one-one-hundredth of the prairie left. It’s all strip malls and corn fields…I don’t like seeing just concrete and steel. Seeing how peaceful the buffalo are and how strong they are, they go through enough hardship in their lives in the forest and the plains, then with what Yellowstone National Park is doing to them, they still carry on. They inspire me to keep going.”

Part of Coyote’s statement read, “I’m doing this to … protect the buffalo and the lands that they roam… Whenever I’m with the buffalo, I feel like my heart runs with them. When I’m with them they already know the questions, they already know the answers, and I don’t have to respond because they already know.”

Due to extensive law enforcement sending people away from the scene, Buffalo Field Campaign patrols were unable to see the men, but they did report seeing yellow barrels blocking the access road. Wild Buffalo Defense reported seeing tractors making a new road (photo), and later BFC witnessed the stock trailers using this road to drive around the blockade, destroying habitat (photo) important to elk, deer, pronghorn, and buffalo, in order to access the trap and load up wild buffalo for slaughter. BFC was able to get some photos and footage before being asked to leave by law enforcement, who claimed they were “obstructing” the adjacent county road, Old Yellowstone Trail. Footage and photos are available upon request.

This is the second time that Wild Buffalo Defense has targeted Yellowstone’s trap. On March 6 (BFC press release), two men locked down to the squeeze chute – the Silencer – inside Yellowstone’s bison capture facility.

“The Stephens Creek buffalo trap stands as a monument to oppression and control over beings who were born to roam free,” said Stephany Seay, media coordinator with the wild buffalo advocacy group Buffalo Field Campaign. “The buffalo are the embodiment of wildness and freedom, and these qualities are precisely the reason they were chosen to represent this nation, supposedly the land of the free. It is ironic that these two brave men have been arrested for trying to protect freedom, and that Yellowstone is the one punishing them for trying to protect the buffalo — a job the Park should be doing.”

The press release from Wild Buffalo Defense concluded with, “…Buffalo are sacred creatures to the Plains Indians. Blackfeet and Lakota prophecies say that when the wild buffalo return, the people and the earth will be healed. Yellowstone National Park currently captures and slaughters about 25% of the herd every year. If this mismanagement of the population continues, these prophecies will never be fulfilled.

Animal Rescue Team landed in South Korea to rescue more than 80 animals from a local dog meat farm. Thankfully, it was arranged for all the dogs to be removed and transported to temporary shelters in Canada.

The dog meat farm came on HSI’s radar during this year’s Winter Olympics and planning to help shut down the facility began.

The organization reached an agreement with the farm owner who relinquished the dogs. The rescued dogs are now on their way to a better life!

Once at the temporary shelters, the animals will undergo health and behavior checkups then begin the search for their new homes.

Adam Parascandola, Director of Animal Protection and Crisis Response at HSI, shared a live update of the process of removing the dogs from the farm. The video update featured one of the rescued dogs, Moon Bear, who was absolutely beside himself with excitement at being given attention and affection from his new friend.

Thanks to HSI, more than 80 dogs who had known nothing but freezing cold temperatures and short chains will start completely new lives.

Although their fate seemed to be decided, the dogs are now saved and they will finally have the chance to have normal lives and loving homes.


With only 600 individuals left in the wild, it's extremely rare to catch sight of a black jaguar. To see one paddling through the Amazon River is an even rarer sight.

Jaguars are strong swimmers and climbers and require large areas of tropical rain forest and stretches of riverbank to survive.

A model for conservation, the Amazon Region Protected Areas ensures 150 million acres—three times the size of all US parks combined—of the Amazon are protected in perpetuity.

A group led by the World Wildlife Fund spotted just that in the 150 million-acre Amazon Region Protected Areas.

Black jaguars are cats with a dominant gene for melanism, meaning that their dark coats nearly blot out the distinctive yellow and black rosette patterns that most jaguars have.

As the video shows, these apex predators are powerful swimmers, thanks to their stocky, muscular limbs.

Listed as near threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, jaguars suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as hunting for their prized coats. See this page for ways to help save jaguars.



'This new cub is now the only one of its kind in Kruger and was born to two tawny-coloured lions.' Two wildlife photographers snapped the four-day-old cub in a den at Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Mike Sutherland, 30, captured the first photo of the newborn. Daryl Dell, 40, said he would always cherish' the moment he caught the tiny cub being carried by its mother

Two wildlife photographers were lucky enough to snap the four-day-old cub as it hid with its mother and siblings in a den at Kruger National Park.

Before other tourists on safari flocked to see the lioness and her three cubs, Mike Sutherland, 30, managed to capture the first photo of the newborn.

The safari guide and photographer had been taking a group of guests on a tour from the Ngala Safari Lodge last Monday when he was told of the cub sighting and rushed to the national park to catch a glimpse of the new arrival.

'White lion cubs are an extremely rare thing to see, and given its age, we were in absolute awe.'

Another guide and photographer Daryl Dell, 40, said he would always cherish' the moment he caught the tiny cub being carried by its mother in front of him.

'This was a once in a lifetime moment - a moment that I will never forget and always cherish,' he said.