What I learned documenting the last male northern white rhino’s death


There are no more male Northern White rhinos in existence. The last, Sudan, died in 2018. This piece by the nature photographer who documented the failed reproductive effort and Sudan’s last moments is a touching look at how, by putting ourselves in the broader context of nature, we can more easily remember life’s fragility.

Stories about people and the human condition are also about nature. If you dig deep enough behind virtually every human conflict, you will find an erosion of the bond between humans and the natural world around them....These keepers spend more time protecting the northern white rhinos than they do with their own children. Watching a creature die—one who is the last of its kind—is something I hope never to experience again. It felt like watching our own demise...When we see ourselves as part of nature, we understand that saving nature is really about saving ourselves.


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