To say that the population of northern white rhino is on the brink of extinction will be a gross understatement. The last of the remaining species is down to one old male and two old females; none of the animals can naturally sire kids due to old age.
That means should the male, called Sudan, dies. That would be the end of the northern white rhino. The two females, Fatu (28) and Najin (17) cannot successfully carry a pregnancy to term because scientists believe they are too old.
Surrogate technology to the rescue
Unless human technology intervention is used, we might as well take Sudan, Fatu, and Najin skeleton to the museum as a relic of extinct animals. Put them beside the incomplete skeletons of the mammoth and the dinosaurs.
At the end of 2017, scientists, veterinarians, conservationists, and wildlife managers from Kenya, South Africa, U.K., and Czech met to come up with a groundbreaking human intervention to save the northern white rhinos.
The team resolved to use the southern white rhinos as the surrogate for the offsprings sired by the last remaining male and two females of the northern …read more