Meet Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in existence—and since rhinos have been officially declared extinct—Sudan has more security than Barack Obama.

The 40-year-old is holed up at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, with 2 female northern white rhinos, and conservationists everywhere are desperately hoping they will reproduce.

“The only reason his horn has been cut off is to deter poachers,” Eldoie Sampere told The Dodo. “If the rhino has no horn, he is of no interest to poachers. This is purely to keep him safe.”

In 2009, Sudan and three other northern white rhinos were taken by the conservancy from a Czech Republic zoo in the hopes that they would make lots of baby rhinos.

Five years later, there are still no baby northern white rhinos and 34-year-old Suni, the only other male, died last October.

Rhino horns are a hot commodity in Asia and can net $30,000 a pound because they are believed to reduce fevers and seizures. In reality, they have no more medicinal value than biting your fingernails.

The Kenya Wildlife Service reported that 54 rhinos were killed by poachers in 2014, according to Inquisitr.com.

Simon Irungu, a ranger with the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, said armed patrols guarding Sudan often find themselves in the line of fire. To increase security, Sudan was also fitted with a radio transmitter.

“With the rising demand for rhino horn and ivory, we face many poaching attempts and while we manage to counter a large number of these, we often risk our lives in our line of duty,” Irungu said. “Our conservancy is among the least damaged by poaching now, thanks to a dedicated and united team and the support of our management and beyond.”

The white rhino's lifespan is between 40-50 years, the black rhino's is 35-50.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is home to 23 white rhinos and 105 black rhinos, is hoping to raise funds to keep the rhino rangers, as well as the rhinos, alive and well.

“Please keep giving and spreading the word, our wildlife’s future, depends on you,” the conservancy states on its gofundme.com campaign.

 

 

The husband of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, a Christian woman facing the death penalty in Sudan for apostasy, has visited his wife in prison and says she is being held in shackles.

American Daniel Wani rushed to his native country after his wife was sentenced to death last week for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. The Sudanese court which charged her considered her a Muslim, despite the fact both she and her mother are Christians, because her father was a Muslim.

The couple have a 20-month-old son called Martin, who is in prison with his mother. Daniel is not allowed to take the child because Martin is also considered a Muslim by the court. Mariam, 27, is eight months pregnant - she has been told she will be allowed to give birth and nurse the child before she is executed.

As well as the charge of apostasy, she is also accused of with adultery for marrying a Christian and sentenced to 100 lashes, despite her insistence that she was never a Muslim.

Daniel Wani, 33, was allowed to visit his wife for the first time yesterday, and says her legs are swollen from the shackles she has worn since her arrest.

The family are being helped by Hardwired, an American group fighting for religious freedom around the world.

Executive director Tina Ramirez said they will not give up the fight to save Mariam.

"Originally he had been told he would not be allowed to see her so this was a surprise. He was also told he would only be allowed to see his son Martin once a week," Tina told the the Daily Mail. "The lawyers are working on their appeal to the high court and we are standing with them and the people of Sudan who are outraged by this injustice. Many young advocates and opposition groups met last week and are calling for the amendment of the criminal code to remove any punishment for apostasy."

International governments, including the US and the UK, are putting immense pressure on the Sudanese government to overturn the verdict and sentence and reminding them of their obligations under international human rights law.

Senator Kelly Ayotte for New Hampshire's Senator and Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri have both written to Secretary of State John Kerry urging political asylum for Mariam.

"I'm so frustrated. I don't know what to do. I'm just praying," Daniel told CNN.

A government spokesman has stated the ruling can be appealed in a higher court.

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