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These Are The Last Few Northern White Rhinos Left On The Planet

BuzzFeed News spoke to the sanctuary and zoos housing the remaining animals. This post has been updated following the death of Angalifu.

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On Friday, Suni, one of the last remaining northern white rhinos, died suddenly at the age of 34.

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Rangers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya have yet to establish the male rhino’s cause of death, but said he had not been the victim of poaching.

Suni was born at Dvur Kralove Zoo in Czech Republic in 1980, the first of his species to be born into captivity.

In the 1970s a group of northern white rhinos were caught in Sudan for the zoo.

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A decade later, it was decided to split the herd up to reduce the risk of the population being wiped out in a single location, and several rhinos were sent to San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Unfortunately, the San Diego northern white rhinos didn't breed, and there hasn't been a new calf born at Dvur Kralove Zoo since 2000.

So in 2009 two males and two females were also sent to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the hope that placing them back in their natural habitat might lead to them breeding.

Following Suni's death, there are now only six northern white rhinos left on the planet.

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BuzzFeed News spoke to Dvur Kralove Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park about the remaining animals.

They currently live in Kenya, Czech Republic, and America.

1. Fatu

Jan Stejskal / ZOO Dvur Kralove

Fatu is the youngest of all the remaining northern white rhinos.

She was born on 29 June 2000 at Dvur Kralove Zoo and given the nickname Baby of the Millennium.

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When the other northern white rhinos were transported to Ol Pejeta, Nabire stayed behind after it was revealed she was no longer capable of natural reproduction.

Hynek Glos / Dvur Kralove Zoo / Via Khalil Baalbaki

She currently lives with a couple of southern white rhinos at the zoo.

6. Angalifu

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Angalifu is believed to have been born in 1972, and was caught for Khartoum Zoo, Sudan.

In 1990 he was transferred from Khartoum to San Diego. He weighs the same as Nola and is described as a "non-breeding animal".

On 14 December, Angalifu was found dead at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The 44-year-old male rhino had been receiving veterinary care for a variety of “age-related” conditions.

“Angalifu’s death is a tremendous loss to all of us. Not only because he was well beloved here at the park, but also because his death brings this wonderful species one step closer to extinction,” Randy Rieches, curator of mammals for the zoo, said in a statement.

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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