NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Ol Pejeta conservancy in the northern Kenyan
country of Laikipia will host teams from around the cricketing
world who will compete in tournaments in memory of Sudan, the
world’s last northern male white rhino.
Sudan died on March
19 at the age of 45. Ol Pejeta Conservancy said in a statement
on Monday that 18 cricket teams will play 34 short format
tournaments over three days to honor the late Sudan and raise
awareness surrounding the plight of the world’s last two
remaining northern female white rhinos.
tournaments will be part of the Last Male Standing Rhino Cup, an
initiative that tries to connect cricket with the global
awareness surrounding the threats facing the iconic land
“There has been a
dramatic escalation in rhino poaching in recent years with over
7,000 rhinos killed in the last decade across Africa and
shockingly there are now only two northern white rhinos left on
the planet,” said Rob Stevenson, the tournament director and
founder of the Rhino Cup.
He underscored the
critical role of mainstream sports like cricket in promoting the
conservation of endangered species like the rhinos. “The Last
Male Standing Rhino Cup is about drawing on the global love for
the game of cricket to help combat poaching of the rhino and
help raise much needed funds for Ol Pejeta conservation work,”
Stevenson also went
on to say that the recent passing of Sudan “highlights the need
to take action” when it comes to the issue of rhino poaching.
Cricket teams from
Australia, Kenya, Britain, South Africa and Mauritius will
participate in the tournaments that are expected to raise 20,000
U.S. dollars to support conservation and livelihood projects.
Richard Vigne, the
CEO of the Ol Pejeta conservancy said world renowned cricketers
will help shine a spotlight on the plight of the rhino species
whose survival is at stake due to poaching and climate related