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Last woman standing: all hope for the very last white rhinoceros for breeding program | Abroad

The future looks anything but bright for the northern white rhinoceros. The last male died in 2018, and only one of the last two females can be removed. Still, there is hope for the species: a group of scientists is trying to put new calves on Earth with the help of IVF.




Of the northern white rhinoceroses, there are only two left in the whole earth: mother Najin and daughter Fatu. Both are too weak to give birth to another calf, but using artificial insemination on a southern white rhinoceros, scientists at the Biorescue Project hope to continue the species.

Still calves

Sperm cells are left over from two males, and scientists also regularly removed eggs from the two females. With mother Najin, due to her failing health and old age, they have now stopped doing this, so all hope is in the last-born northern white rhinoceros, Fatu. Both rhinos are monitored 24 hours a day.

Scientists at the Leibniz Institute in Berlin have already succeeded in creating twelve embryos in this way, which they intend to place in healthy southern white rhinoceroses soon. They are optimistic that new calves will eventually be born this way. If everything goes according to plan, there will be a herd again in twenty years that can live completely on its own

In the video below, the scientists explain the project themselves:

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Last woman standing: all hope for the very last white rhinoceros for breeding program | Abroad
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