Back in 2015, star opener Rohit Sharma and his wife Ritika met Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, back in 2015. Sudan died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya in 2018, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world.
The pictures were shared by Ol Pejeta Conservancy show. Rohit Sharma and his wife Ritika Sajdeh also made a “significant donation” to their rhino conservation programme. Not many know that the 32-year-old cricketer is actively associated with animal protection.
“Rohit and his wife Ritika came to Ol Pejeta back in 2015 to meet Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world,” wrote Ol Pejeta Conservancy on Instagram, sharing three pictures from the visit. Two of these pics show Rohit posing with the rhinoceros, while the third shows him and Ritika smiling for the camera.
The pics were re-posted by Ritika Sajdeh on Instagram this morning:
Her post has collected over 50,000 ‘likes’ in a matter of hours. “The best thing on internet today,” wrote one person in the comments section. “Awesome,” said another.
Sudan, the world’s last surviving male white rhino, died on March 19, 2018, at the age of 45. Sudan had previously lived at the Dver Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic before being transported to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2009. The conservancy made the decision to euthanise him due to the rapid deterioration in his condition.
Rohit Sharma had shared an Instagram post for Sudan at the time, writing: “Rest in peace Sudan, you deserved so much better.”
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❤️🦏❤️🦏❤️🦏 Posted @withrepost • @olpejeta Captain of the Mumbai Indians cricket team and one of the most successful batsman in the Indian Premier League, Rohit Sharma (@rohitsharma45) has made a significant donation towards our rhino conservation programme. Rohit and his wife Ritika came to Ol Pejeta back in 2015 to meet Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. Thanks to their visit and his huge following in India and the world, the story of Sudan reached thousands of people. He is actively associated with animal protection and has been a strong supporter of our cause since then. We are honoured Sharma chose to contribute to our conservation work and hope more celebrities use their influence to raise awareness about the plight of the planet's most critically endangered species. 🦏🦏 #WildlifeConservation #OlPejeta #OlPejetaDoMore #ConservationChampion #ProtectingBiodiversity
In September this year, Rohit also joined World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) India and Animal Planet in an attempt to protect the greater one-horned rhinoceros or the Indian rhino.
“It is our duty as co-inhabitants of this planet to try and protect other species that walk this planet, alongside us. The future is in our hands and we should do whatever we can to ensure that our children are able to enjoy the rich bio-diversity this world has to offer,” Rohit Sharma said.