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Kenya's last northern white rhino joins Tinder

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 01:38

Endangered white rhino joins Tinder to find a mate hoping to raise funds for fertility treatment. Francis Maguire reports.

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Like many guys using Tinder he loves the outdoors and travels widely. But there's a catch - Sudan is the world's last male white northern rhino. And he desperately needs a mate. Ol Pejeta conservancy has teamed up with dating app Tinder to raise awareness of how Sudan's species is facing extinction. Conservationists hope that Sudan will help raise enough money for $9milion fertilitiy treatment - as all attempts to get him to mate have failed. 11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF OL PEJETA, RICHARD VIGNE, SAYING: "We have to develop techniques to remove eggs from the two remaining females, we have to then mature those eggs which in itself is a very difficult thing to do for various reasons which I do not need to go into, fertilise those eggs with stored semen luckily there is quite a lot of stored northern white rhino semen around the world in various zoos to create an embryo and successfully freeze and store the embryo and then in time find a technique to re-introduce that embryo into surrogate southern white rhino females." Poachers sell white rhino horns for $50,000 per kilo - making them more valuable than gold. And Sudan's keepers fear he may be killed before they can raise the money needed for his treatment.. But if it's a success - we may see more of these beasts walking the African plains for years to come.

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Kenya's last northern white rhino joins Tinder

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 01:38