The world’s last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya

March 20, 2018 by  
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Devastating news for wildlife enthusiasts: Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino , has died. Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dv?r Králové Zoo announced the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized at the 90,000-acre non-profit wildlife facility Kenya on March 19 after being unable to overcome age-related muscle and bone degeneration or debilitating 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 wrote on their Facebook page . Ol Pejeta says Sudan escaped extinction of his kind when he was first moved to the zoo in the 1970s, and then sired two females, significantly contributing to the survival of his species. Before he was euthanized, they collected his genetic material in anticipation of advanced cellular technologies they might be able to use in future reproductive efforts. Related: The last male northern white rhino suffers declining health “We on Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death. He was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. “One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists world wide.” With Sudan’s death, the only remaining northern white rhinos are Sudan’s daughter Najin and her daughter Fatu, according to Ol Pejeta. In their statement, the conservancy said, “The only hope for the preservation of this subspecies now lies in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques using eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white rhino semen from males and surrogate southern white rhino females.” While Sudan died of old age, it’s worth noting that humanity is a main driver of the sixth mass extinction, which, according to a news report released last year, is killing off wildlife 100 times faster than normal . + Ol Pejeta Conservancy All images via Ol Pejeta

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World’s last male northern white rhino joins Tinder to avoid extinction

April 27, 2017 by  
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He may not make the coziest of bedfellows, but if a northern white rhino pops up on your Tinder screen, it might behoove you to swipe right. Dubbed by wildlife experts as the “world’s most eligible bachelor,” 43-year-old Sudan is the sole remaining male of his kind. “I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me,” the rhino’s profile reads on the dating app. “I perform well under pressure.” Sudan isn’t looking to make a love connection, however. There are only two remaining female northern white rhinos left, and neither are viable candidates for mating. To stave off the subspecies’s extinction, Ol Pejeta Conservancy , the Kenyan wildlife group in charge of Sudan’s care is hoping to raise $9 million for research into breeding methods such as in-vitro fertilization. Related: 21 rare one-horned Indian rhinos drown in monsoon flooding Tinder users who swipe right will be directed to a donation site where they can dig deep for the cause. “We partnered with Ol Pejeta Conservancy to give the most eligible bachelor in the world a chance to meet his match,” Matt David, head of communications and marketing at Tinder, said in a statement. “We are optimistic given Sudan’s profile will be seen on Tinder in 190 countries and over 40 languages.” Sudan lives under round-the-clock protection at Old Pejeta with the two females, Najin and Fatu. “The plight that currently faces the northern white rhinos is a signal to the impact that humankind is having on many thousands of other species across the planet,” said Richard Vigne, the conservancy’s CEO. “Ultimately, the aim will be to reintroduce a viable population of northern white rhino back into the wild, which is where their true value will be realized.” Via Time Photos by Unsplash

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Barn ruins transformed into contemporary home with spa

April 27, 2017 by  
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Parisian architecture studio Antonin Ziegler converted an abandoned barn into a metal-clad home crafted to evoke a “contemporary ruin.” Located in France’s Regional Natural Park of Boucles de la Seine, the adaptive reuse project, called The Barn, sits between a wheat field and river and was formerly used to store fodder for horses. With the barn’s weatherboarding worn away, the architects encased the timber structure in a new shell of zinc to preserve the building’s monolithic and distinctly agricultural gabled shape. The metal cladding was left untreated and will develop a patina over time. The original timber framework, however, is still visible from the outside and peeks through along a window that runs along the home’s stone foundation base. “The framework is the fundamental element of the new residence,” write the architects. “From the outside, it remains partially visible, beneath the zinc envelope, thus conferring an incomplete aspect to the construction, as though eroded by the surrounding nature. The windows and doors are visually understated: the archetypal house is kept at bay to give rise to another kind of habitat, more in keeping with the surrounding wilderness. A lone crack that pierces the roof and walls thus gives the project the appearance of a contemporary ruin .” Related: Zinc-clad Midden Studio hides a cozy interior with a see-through floor The interior echoes the facade’s simple and rustic appearance with a material palette of breezeblocks, battens, and exposed concrete. Natural light pours into the home on all sides and the windows frame views of the river and landscape. The ground floor is mostly open plan with few partitions, with the double-height kitchen, dining room, living room on one end, a double-height swimming spa on the other, and a master bedroom and utility room located in the middle. Four bedrooms are tucked away on the upper floor in the former hay loft. + Antonin Ziegler Via ArchDaily Images via Antonin Ziegler

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Hamanishi Design combines 3D modeling and traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful flower vases

June 22, 2016 by  
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Japanese designer Kunikazu Hamanishi combined digital technology with craftsmanship to create Weave, a flower vase that’s part wicker basket, part ceramic bowl. The Yokohama-based designer used 3D modeling to create the mold for the wicker that was then woven into a variety of shapes and then placed atop different colored ceramic bases. Hamanishi used grasshopper for rhino to generate the models. https://vimeo.com/168641214 + Hamanishi Design The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The Binopterus is a portable wind turbine made for the average Joe

June 22, 2016 by  
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Wind turbines are no longer reserved for large scale applications; technological innovations are making many forms of alternative energy available to the masses. This includes the Binopterus (not to be confused with prehistoric species), a high-tech portable wind turbine that delivers clean power at low wind speeds. The self-installable structure can be mounted on a mast, gabled or flat roof, carport, or on a wall. Made with aluminum and stainless steel blades and parts, the Binopterus is built to withstand any weather and the maker claims that its of no danger to birds and bats. In average winds, the turbine can produce enough energy in one day to power several household items, including 8 hours of laptop use and 13 hours of a 25-watt light bulb. + Bionopterus on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Kenya’s Northern White Rhino Faces Imminent Extinction After One of Two Remaining Males Dies

October 20, 2014 by  
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Last year, the  International Union for the Conservation of Nature  (IUCN) declared that Africa’s Western black rhino was officially extinct . At the time, they also noted that the Northern white rhino was also “ teetering on the edge of extinction .” Unfortunately, today it was announced that extinction for the Northern White Rhino may be inevitable after one of two remaining male rhinos died suddenly at a wildlife conservancy. Read the rest of Kenya’s Northern White Rhino Faces Imminent Extinction After One of Two Remaining Males Dies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa’s Western rhino , extinction , ivory , nairobi , Northern white rhino , Ol Pejeta Conservancy , Southern white rhino

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2014 Could Be the Worst Year in Nearly a Decade for Rhino Poaching

July 15, 2014 by  
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It’s no secret that rhinos are being poached in numbers that are off the charts, and despite efforts to protect the animals , 2014 is on track to be the worst year in nearly a decade for rhino deaths. So far poachers have killed more than 500 rhinos, a majority of those in South Africa. Last year the number of rhinos poached ended at 1,004, the highest number since 2006. Read the rest of 2014 Could Be the Worst Year in Nearly a Decade for Rhino Poaching Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 rhino deaths , endangered animal protection , endangered rhinos , kruger national park , Kruger National Park Rhino Poaching , protecting endangered animals , protecting rhinos , rhino conservation , rhino horn , rhino horn powder , rhino killing , rhino poaching , rhinos , Rhinos killed by July 2014 , rhinos killed in 2014 , South Africa Rhinos

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Wooden ‘Pavilion for one Summer’ in Austria Uses Parametric Modeling to Mimic Sea Urchin Skeletons

December 13, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Wooden ‘Pavilion for one Summer’ in Austria Uses Parametric Modeling to Mimic Sea Urchin Skeletons Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture school Innsbruck. parametric design , Austrian architecture , Karamba 3d , Manuel Fabian Hartmann , parametric modeling , pavilion design , Pavilion for one Summer , Rhino plug-in , University of Innsbruck , wooden pavilion Alberschwende , wooden pavilion Austria        

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Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

October 2, 2013 by  
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A recent spike in the illegal wildlife trade is threatening to undo years of work by NGOs and governments around the world to save endangered rhinos. A new video series released by WWF reveals some stark figures: in South Africa alone, rhino poaching has increased by an almost unbelievable 5000% since 2007 . So far in 2013,  700 South African rhinos  have been found slaughtered for their horns. Similar spikes in poaching are hitting rhinos throughout Africa and parts of Asia. Read the rest of Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: illegal wildlife trade , rhino , rhino horn chinese medicine , rhino horn medicinal use , rhino horn trade , rhino poaching , rhinoceros , South African rhino        

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Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

September 6, 2013 by  
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One rhino is killed every 11 hours in Kenya, leaving just over 500 of the animals out of the 20,000 that existed in Kenya in 1969. To help keep tabs on the remaining individuals, Cambridge Consultants has developed a system of motion-sensitive cameras connected by satellites. Created for the Zoological Society of London and in partnership with Kenya Wildlife Service , the information provided by the technology can act as an early warning system as well as a source of data for the Instant Wild Project . Read the rest of Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , cambridge consultants , endangered species , Google , infrared flashes , instant wild project , iridium satellite network , kenya , kenya wildlife service , motion sensors , patrick omondi , poachers , rhino , Wildlife conservation , zoological society of london , zsl        

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