Let me narrate you a story of an animal or I should say let me narrate you many stories of many animals through one species.
For the starters we need to go to a place, Republic of the Sudan, a country in Northern Africa.
In 1973 a northern white rhino took birth there. He played there in mud, roamed freely, breathed in fresh air until just after two years he was caught from the wild in 1975 and moved to the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic.
The northern white rhinoceros is one of two subspecies of the white rhinoceros.
That one small rhinoceros we were talking about before, shares the name of the place from where he was caught “Sudan”. Since decades the rhinoceroses are being poached because of their horns. Poachers killed many rhinoceros just because of their horns and sold it for $ 50,000 per kilogram. A full horn of a rhinoceros weigh about 6 Kg.
So what kind of creatures are they? Can they do anything for money? I am not calling them humans they dont deserve to be called humans, with no humanity left inside them. This is not the only case of a specie being critically endangered due to hunting them to death just for some of their body parts. Many elephants and tigers have been killed for their teeth.
So lets go back to the story. Sudan, along with three other rhinoceroses was moved to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Africa for a “Last Chance To Survive” breeding program. They arrived at the conservancy after an air and road trip on 20 December 2009.
So that they could be saved from poachers and could breed to save their species. They needed fresh air, proper care and ‘room to roam freely’. At the time, there were only eight of these rhinos left.
Ami Vitale, a Nikon Ambassador, filmmaker and photographer for National Geographic writes, “I remember so clearly when Sudan first set foot on the African soil. The skies darkened and torrential rains came moments after we arrived. He put his head in the air to smell the rains and immediately rolled around on the ground. It was his first mud bath since he left the continent as a two-year-old, taken from Sudan.”
Poachers reduced the population of this species from 500 to 15 in the 1970s and 1980s. From the early 1990s, the population recovered to more than 32 animals. Since mid-2003, poaching again grew drastically and further reduced the wild population.
Even the west african black rhinoceros was last seen in 2006.
Sudan was accompanied by one more male rhino Suni, who died in 2014. The second last male rhino was Angalifu, who lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, he died on 14 December, 2014.
Leaving Sudan the last male northern white rhino. He was a hope for his species.
At the end of 2017, Sudan was suffering from an infection in his right back leg. Although his condition improved but the infection returned, and
we lost him along with the hope of saving this species on 19 March, 2018.
After his death only two more northern white rhinoceroses are left, both female. One of them is Najin, Sudan’s daughter and the other one is Fatu, Sudan’s granddaughter.
The species that has survived for almost millions of years, couldn’t fight with mankind.
Doesn’t this incident say something to us? Shouldn’t we be learning something from it. We humans should not forget that this planet is for all. Just because we can talk, walk, work and register the land in our names doesn’t mean we own this planet. And poachers who hunt other species for money should be stopped. If we don’t stop this today, maybe after some years our specie can also be endangered because after all every specie is dependent on another for food cycle and all other things.
Humans are known for humanity but if we lose this very trait of ours, we don’t have any right to call ourselves humans or the most intelligent creatures. Because intelligence is for good and to help others grow, not to ruin others.
Many people called Sudan “The Last Man Standing” and “The Most Eligible Bachelor”.
Sudan’s frozen sperm is kept and maybe by IVF technique this specie can still survive.
These animals don’t need our money or our land, they just need love. Are we that cruel that we can’t even provide them a little love and after all, we humans are also animals but with a little more evolved brain.