If you have been following our coverage on the Northern White Rhinos (NWR), you know that the last real hope for the endangered species (a gross understatement since no male species are remaining) was Sudan. The male NWR who died from old age and host of health complications.
However, before Sudan’s death, scientists were able to harness his sperm, which will now be merged with hybrid embryos from the Southern White Rhino (SWR) eggs using Assisted Reproduction Technique (ART).
The eggs are from SWR females from European zoos, which were later shipped to AVANTEA, a world-leading ART for large animals located in Italy.
“These are the first in vitro produced rhinoceros embryos ever. They have a high chance to establish a pregnancy once implanted into a surrogate mother,” said Prof. Thomas Hildebrandt, the Head of the Department of Reproduction Management at the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin.
This is the first glimpse of viable hope the NWR as a species have for their continuity. The death of the only male NWR spelled doom for the species, and now with science and technology, there is …read more