Nairobi, March 2 – The Ol Pejeta Conservation in Kenya is reporting that Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet, is starting to show signs of failing health. At the advanced age of 45, his health has begun to deteriorate and his future is uncertain.

At the end of the 2017, Sudan developed an uncomfortable age-related infection on his back right leg. It was immediately assessed by a team of vets from around the world, and responded well to treatment, healing quickly, the conservancy said in a statement.

He resumed normal movement and foraging habits over January up to mid-February this year, with his demeanour and general activity improving significantly.

Recently, a secondary and much deeper infection was discovered beneath the initial one. This has been treated, but worryingly, the infection is taking longer to recover, despite the best efforts of his team of vets who are giving him 24 hour care, with everything possible being done to help him regain his health.

“We are very concerned about him – he’s extremely old for a rhino and we do not want him to suffer unnecessarily,” the statment said.