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Conservationists and animal [loves / lovers] are in mourning today for the [loss / lost] of Sudan the rhinoceros. Sudan was the world's last male northern white rhino. The 45-year-old animal was put [up / down] by his carers at a zoo in Kenya after "age-related complications". He had been in very poor [health / healthy] recently due [to / for] his old age. Zoo officials say his condition had "worsened [significant / significantly] " and that he no longer had the strength to [stand / stood] . His muscles had severely deteriorated throughout his body and his skin had "extensive wounds". The zoo's director said: "Sudan's [death / dead] was a cruel symbol of human disregard for [nature / natural] and it saddened everyone who knew him....He stole the heart of many [with / as] his dignity and strength."

Like many of Earth's majestic [boasts / beasts] , hunters have hunted the northern white rhino to near-extinction. There were more than 2,000 northern white rhino [on / in] the wild in the 1960s but their numbers [continually / continue] dwindled because of the [valued / value] of their horns. The only [remaining / remnant] northern white rhinos today are two females - Sudan’s daughter and granddaughter. Both animals [live / living] in captivity so they will be [protected / protection] . There are hopes that the two females can produce young to keep the species [going / gone] . In vitro fertilization techniques using stored semen from [other / another] dead rhinos could be used to impregnate Sudan's offspring. The zoo is hoping to [rise / raise] $9 million to fund the conservation project.

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