A wildlife ranger comforts Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet moments before he passed away. Credit: Ami Vitale National Geographic Creative

R.I.P. Sudan, 1973-2018


Sudan, the last Northern White Rhinoceros, Certatotherium simum cottoni, was euthanized March 19. He was 45 years old, advanced old age for a rhino. He was the last male of his subspecies. The two remaining Northern White Rhinos are his daughter and granddaughter, Najin and Fatu. Sudan was born in 1973 in Shambe, South Sudan. He…

Sword-billed Hummingbird, Yanacocha, Ecuador

Still More Bills


Some years ago now, excellent birder and bird photographer Richard Ditch and WC co-authored a couple of articles on bird identification for bird photographers. Richard did most of the work, and made an excellent point: a bird’s bill is a good starting point for identifying the bird’s species and figuring out how the bird makes…

Great Blue Heron, Idaho

More Bills


Some years ago now, excellent birder and bird photographer Richard Ditch and WC co-authored a couple of articles on bird identification for bird photographers. Richard did most of the work, and made an excellent point: a bird’s bill is a good starting point for identifying the bird’s species and figuring out how the bird makes…

Black-collared Hawk, Pantanal, Brazil

Bills


Some years ago now, excellent birder and bird photographer Richard Ditch and WC co-authored a couple of articles on bird identification for bird photographers. Richard did most of the work, and made an excellent point: a bird’s bill is a good starting point for identifying the bird’s species and figuring out how the bird makes…