Two. 2. That’s it.
Indeed, the Northern White Rhino is effectively extinct in the world, save for a mother and daughter named Najin and Fatu, who are under 24/7 security in Kenya.
the last male died a few years ago, and there aren’t any other northern white rhinos even in captivity, so it’s only a matter of time until the subspecies is gone forever. The fate of rhinoceros more broadly are also in peril, though not as dramatically.
The New York Times Magazine has a beautiful yet tragic essay about these two remaining giants, exploring their stories, and the caretakers, who dedicate their lives to protecting these rare and beautiful animals.
Take a look at the essay here, and check out the beautiful photography that pay tribute to the northern white rhinoceros.
So very true. It’s tragic and preventable, which makes it even more sad. Awareness, empathy, and understanding of nature’s systems is more crucial than ever.
My eyes fill with tears by looking at these photos. Its is looking at human failure… and effectively we are going through the sixth mass extinction and we are playing a huge role in it… Very upsetting. I hope that the Southern White Rhinos will be spared but at the current poaching rate it is only a matter of time before they will be extinct too. How do we solve this?
We’re so saddened that these gentle giants are going to be lost forever.
That is so tragic.