Maasai warriors hit boundaries in protection of white rhino
June 19 2017 08:30 PM
Maasai warriors pose with Sudan, the only male of the last three northern white rhino sub-species on
Maasai warriors pose with Sudan, the only male of the last three northern white rhino sub-species on the planet, on June 18, 2017 following a charity cricket match played in the wilds of Laikipia county's Ol-Pejeta Conservancy.

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Under the gaze of the last male northern white rhino, a group of Maasai warriors in Kenya went into bat for the threatened species, wearing their traditional red shuka robes and clunky white cricket pads.

The warriors were taking part in the annual Last Male Standing Rhino Cup, a two-day tournament hosted in the Laikipia conservation area where the last three northern white rhino live under 24-hour armed guard to protect them from poaching.
"Because the cost of looking after rhinos is enormously expensive these days as a result of poaching, we use many other different ways to try and raise the money," Richard Vigne of tournament organisers the Ol Pejeta conservancy told Reuters.
Ol Pejeta hoped to raise 1 million Kenya shillings ($100,000) from the 12-team tournament, which also featured sides from the British Army Training Unit and Australian High Commission.
Cricket is not the only method of fundraising that the male rhino, named Sudan, is part of.
Conservationists set up a Tinder profile for the rhino, to help raise money for his $9-million fertility treatment after all attempts at getting him to mate naturally have failed.



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