The death of the world’s last male northern white rhino has made the world sad

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/4/10 19:38:39

Saying goodbye to Sudan

The world's last male northern white rhino died in March, leaving only two females left to save the subspecies from extinction. The 45-year-old white rhino, named Sudan, lived in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya but suffered from diseases in recent years. Doctors believed that Sudan was unable to endure the pain. In March, euthanasia was carried out for Sudan.

A caretaker and a female northern white rhino; With the death of the last male northern white rhino named Sudan on March 19, there are only two remaining females of the subspecies in the world. Photos: VCG and Xiang Jun/GT

Protecting the animal kingdom

News of Sudan's death attracted worldwide attention. President of Chinese Basketball Association, Yao Ming, expressed his sympathy on Instagram. "Very sad to hear that the last male white rhino has died."

"We can only hope that the world learns from the sad loss of Sudan and takes every measure to end all trade in rhino horn," said WildAid CEO Peter Knights, according to CNN on March 20.

The Global Times recently asked some foreigners in Shanghai for their opinions about Sudan's death and what can we do to protect wildlife from extinction.

"It shows that humans have left a negative impact on this world, and they are taking away one of the most beautiful species," James Haddad from the US said.

"I was very surprised because I didn't know we are so bad to nature. It's very horrible. I take this on my own as if I did that, because we are all human," American national Ella said.

Canadian nationals Naomi Wood and Ella Baker said, "It's really unfair that humans have inflicted such things upon animals that would be thriving without our existence."

"It's very unfortunate. I used to live in Tanzania and we would hear about these things all the time," Wood sighed. "It's so hard knowing that there's almost nothing that you can do aside from wish that other people cared more about the animals."

"As a South African, I would like my kids growing up to be able to experience seeing these animals like I did when I was younger," Garett Roberts from Africa said.

Serbian national Vladimir Prostran believes that Earth does not have time to recover as fast as we are using up its resources. "It's not only animals but also plants suffering because of the way we are actually spending everywhere."

Threatened animals

Japanese news network Livedoor reported in July of 2017 that in addition to endangered animals, the number of other animals is also decreasing. Nearly one-third of all mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles on land have been reduced, and there is also a decrease in their habitats.

"I know several species of elephants and fish are endangered now," Haddad said.

Prostran said that there was a duck from Labrador, Canada, that recently became extinct. "It was actually such a beautiful creature, but because it was over-hunted. There were also some types of parrots that disappeared in South America.

"Tigers ran away from the forest because we destroyed the forest, and of course they have to go to the cities to hunt for food. We accuse tigers of attacking people while we're actually destroy their habitats," Prostran said.

"I know that the dodo [a flightless bird from the island of Mauritius] is extinct," Wood said.

What we can do

"In China, pandas have been protected by the Chinese government and that's very good," Prostran said.

However, Prostran thinks pandas are not the only animal China should protect. "We should protect areas where humans are not allowed to expand, build or sell stuff. We definitely need to provide habitats."

Raising awareness about protecting animals and plants is regarded as an important method by Baker. "People should be aware of the fact that some animals are becoming extinct or endangered because of our activities."

"In our society, people focus on ourselves instead of Earth. The only way we're actually going to survive is by really accepting that we can't be so selfish," Wood added.

"We should cut down on fossil fuels, hunting, intervening in wildlife spaces where humans don't and shouldn't have a space," Haddad told the Global Times.

Ella is not sure how she will actually protect wildlife, because she said it is hard to protect animals while living in a big city like Shanghai. "I think to change to artificial fabrics that people are using in fashion is a good way."

Roberts believes that we should stop buying products made out of endangered species, such as fur coats and ivory.

"Educate yourselves. Animals like white rhinos don't need to be extinct. I think it all starts with us as a source, and it all starts with education as well," Roberts said.

This article was written by Zhou Xinyu.



Garett Roberts


James Haddad


Naomi Wood (left) and Ella Baker


Vladimir Prostran


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