British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has described the death of the last living male northern white rhino as an “utter tragedy” after hearing of his death at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
Tweeting his comments, Mr Johnson said: “Utter tragedy today with loss of last male northern white rhino. We can’t just sit back & watch more species disappear. UK leading efforts to end wildlife crime and will bring world leaders together for talks this autumn.”
#RememberingSudan He was a great ambassador for his species raising awareness globally of the plight facing not only #rhinos, but the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity. #SudanForever #RIPSudan https://t.co/jZVqeCivsi pic.twitter.com/6cPXjiiHFc
— Helping Rhinos 🦏 (@HelpingRhinos) March 20, 2018
The 45-year-old rhino was euthanised on Monday after his condition “worsened significantly”, leaving him unable to stand.