With news that the last male northern white rhino, Sudan,is gravely ill and may face euthanasiawhere he is being guarded in Kenya, it seemed like a good time to remember Sudan and those who kept him safe all these years. If he dies, it may mean extinction for his species.
Sudan, one of three remaining northern white rhinos in the entire world, has been closely guarded at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy since 2009, along with two female rhinos. Photos over the years show the affection shown by his keepers and armed guards who take care of these magnificent creatures.
See photos below of Sudan’s life as one of the last northern white rhinos.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.