The northern white rhino is essentially extinct – just two females remain – but new research paves the way for its resurrection
The first rhino embryos have been created in a test tube and could help save the northern white rhino, which is essentially extinct.
There are just two northern white rhino (NWR) females left alive. The last male, called Sudan, died in March in Kenya, meaning the subspecies is doomed to die out unless the new IVF techniques bear fruit.
There are 21,000 southern white rhinos (SWR) and these will be used as surrogate mothers. The scientists are planning for the the first NWR calf to be born within three years.
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