Although the future looks bleak for this subspecies, it is important to remember that these animals are distinct from the southern white rhino. This subspecies is faring better and, until recent years, was heralded as a success story of conservation with over 20,000 animals in the wild in 2010. However, this subspecies has also been subject to extreme poaching pressure over the last few years and is now categorized as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. There is a valuable lesson to be learned from Suni and others of his kind; one can only hope that humans will take heed of this before we have to say goodbye to another species.
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