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The Sunday Read: ‘A mother and daughter at the end’: The story of the last two northern white rhinos on earth

By January 12, 2021Land conservation

Northern White Rhinos at Ol Pejeta, Kenya. Image: Courtesy Ol Pejeta.

Produced by Kelly Prime; edited by John Woo; written and introduced by Sam Anderson; and narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, The New York Times | January 10, 2021


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At first glance, rhinos appear dangerous. But their life mission has always been peaceful: to eat plants and reproduce. Without many predators or any prey, rhinos flourished for millions of years. Humans put an end to that, as we hunted them down and destroyed their habitat.

No rhino, however, is doing worse than the northern white. Just two, Najin and Fatu, both females, remain.

In his narrated story, Sam Anderson, a staff writer at The Times Magazine, visits the pair at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya, speaks to the men who devote their days to caring for them and explores what we will lose when Najin and Fatu die.

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This is the article read in this episode.

The Last Two Northern White Rhinos On Earth
What will we lose when Najin and Fatu die?
Jan. 6, 2021

This story was written by Sam Anderson and recorded by Audm.