He’s the last male northern white rhino on the planet and, as his profile explains, “the fate of my species literally depends on me.” On Tuesday, Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy and dating app Tinder announced a joint campaign to raise awareness about Sudan’s plight, and to raise funds to support efforts to save the northern white rhino from extinction.
In a last-ditch effort to save the northern white rhino, scientists have turned to in vitro fertilization.
Researchers in the United States, Germany and Japan are currently testing ways to use IVF on Najin and Fatu, as well as female southern white rhinos, with Sudan’s stored sperm, said the conservancy.
The research consortium says it hopes to establish a herd of 10 northern white rhinos after five years of using IVF.
#mosteligiblebachelorpic.twitter.com/yPL14K3NC2 In 1960, more than 2,000 northern white rhinos lived in the wild, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature.