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International celebrities in Kenya to help save rhino

27 May 2015, 11:57 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Several international celebrities are expected to jet into the country to help save the world’s last male northern white rhino named Sudan, who is facing extinction.

In a statement, Kenya Airways said it has partnered with Ol Pejeta Conservancy to fly in the celebrities to meet Sudan, who is one of the rarest animals on earth. 

“The partnership will see KQ fly in several international celebrities among them world renowned Actress and model Nargis Fakhri and Human and Child rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Abol Naga to visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya to create awareness of the last northern white rhino in the world,” KQ said in a statement.

The celebrities will travel to the conservancy where they will have the opportunity to meet the rhino and his rangers and help raise international awareness to the plight of the northern white rhino, a subspecies whose future now depends solely on artificial methods of reproduction.

They will also learn what it takes to keep northern white rhinos safe on a daily basis, and discover what the future could hold for them.

According to the management at Ol Pejeta, Sudan was moved to Kenya from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic along with three other northern white rhinos in 2009. 

Also read: Rare white rhino dies at Ol Pejeta

All previous breeding attempts in the Zoo had been futile, and the hope was that the climate and rich grasslands of Ol Pejeta would provide them with more favourable breeding conditions. 

“All natural breeding attempts, including attempts to cross-breed northern whites with the more populous southern white rhino have proved fruitless.

“The only way now to ensure the survival of the northern white rhino subspecies is to raise $800,000 for IVF and other forms of assisted reproduction, and time is running out. At 43 years of age, Sudan’s clock is ticking,” the conservancy said in a statement.

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