- The world’s only surviving male northern white rhino is unable to breed.
- Tinder is part of a campaign which aims to save the species from extinction.
There’s only one northern white male rhino left in the world and it is on the brink of extinction. The 44 year old rhino, who is named Sudan, is unable to mate due to issues surrounding his old age. Sudan is, after all, 100 in rhino years.
The rhino who lives in Kenya might soon be the last one in his species. However, conservationists say that there is a way to save it from going extinct. It involves in-vitro fertilisation.
Unfortunately, they don’t have the required funds- a whopping $10 million is required to develop an in-vitro fertilisation method for rhinos.It is for this reason that Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya has joined hands with Tinder to raise the required money. Their campaign is called world’s most eligible bachelor and Sudan even has a profile.
The rhino’s bio reads, “I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of my species literally depends on me. I perform well under pressure... 6ft (183cm) tall and 5,000lb (2,268kg) if it matters.”
Conservationist Richard Vigne told the BBC that in-vitro fertilisation hasn’t been used on northern white rhinos as yet and added that research could take upto 10 years. However, this is scientists’ last effort in order to save the species from going extinct.
Northern white rhinos typically found in East and Central Africa are considered critically endangered species. Several of them have been killed by poachers who’ve traded their horns in a highly profitable illegal trade. White rhinos horns are considered to have several medicinal properties but this has been disputed.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:05 PM IST