Sam Anderson, who collaborated with Davison on the project, says: ‘The story of the last two northern white rhinos is, unavoidably, tragic. Decades of poaching and habitat loss have reduced this once-thriving subspecies from a population of thousands to basically nothing – a state of doom that scientists call “functional extinction”. The last male died in 2018, leaving only two females: Najin and Fatu, mother and daughter. They live together, under the protection of armed guards, on the Kenyan wildlife conservancy Ol Pejeta, where everyone refers to them, affectionately, as “the girls”’
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