Sir David Attenborough laments the “catastrophe” of Sudan’s death

David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough. Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (CC BY 3.0 au)

Sir David Attenborough has described the death of the last male northern white rhino in Kenya last week as “another catastrophe and another warning signal”.

Speaking following the death of Sudan at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the 91-year-old British naturalist and filmmaker said that as the world was now so crowded, the problems facing those protecting other endangered animals was “huge”.

“It’s another catastrophe and another warning signal. The last male has gone so that’s another obituary that you have to put down. It’s another extinction which is our doing.

“It applies across the Animal Kingdom. We’ve being going on about the way in which human beings have been exterminating species for a long time.

“And we started doing in the 17th century with the dodo.

“We exterminated that along with a number of other crimes of that sort which are our responsibility.

“But now the problems are huge, simply because the world is so crowded there’s not the space for things.”

– Sir David Attenborough

The 45-year-old rhino was euthanised on Monday following “age related complications” which had left him unable to stand.