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World’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies in Kenyan conservancy

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The world’s last male northern white rhino has died in a Kenyan conservancy on Monday March 19, 2018, the conservancy confirmed early Tuesday morning on social media.

Named Sudan, the 45-year-old animal was housed at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in – a 90,000-acre not-for-profit wildlife facility in Kenya’s Laikipia County. There are only two more white rhinos left in the world, the remaining females also live at the same facility.

Reports had emerged two weeks ago that Sudan was recovering from an infected leg hence the conservancy had put on hold a decision to euthanise him. The rhino had spent weeks lying in his pen due to discomfort from a deep wound on his right hind leg.

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“Sudan was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds. His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal,” Ol Pejeta said.

Ol Pejeta veterinarian said at the time: “Seven days ago we thought that we would make that decision because then one morning he could not rise, he completely was unable to rise.

“But then after some medication that we gave for pain and antibiotic he was able to stand up, that gave us hope and just maybe we would like to give him a chance at life. The decision to euthanise him has been put on hold.”

Sudan lived with the last two females of the same species in the conservancy. Decades of rampant poaching have drastically cut numbers of northern white rhinos as their horns can go for up to $50,000 per kilo, making them more valuable than gold or cocaine.

Scientists at the time were working to help Sudan reproduce via in-vitro fertilization.The embryo was to be implanted in a surrogate southern white rhino, Ol Pejeta confirmed that Sudan’s genetic material had been collected, adding that it “and provides a hope for future attempts at reproduction of northern white rhinos through advanced cellular technologies.”

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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