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Scientists turn to In Vitro Fertilisation techniques to help save the rhino species

25, Aug 2015

With the extinction of the Northern white rhino remaining very real, scientists are now turning to In Vitro Fertilisation techniques to help save the species. This will be the first time the procedure is performed on a rhino and experts say it may have significant risks and costs. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy which hosts three of the world's remaining white rhinos is working with its partners to get a new generation born and has launched its #makearhino campaign to help raise the funds. This follows the death of a Northern white rhino in the Czech Republic leaving just four of the rhinos in existence. Two of the last four Northern white rhinos left on the planet are at the conservancy where they share 90,000-acres of private wildlife conservancy-land, with only one male known as Sudan. The rhinos live under 24-hour armed guard at the wildlife sanctuary located at the foot of the snow-capped Mount Kenya, to protect them from poachers looking for rhino horns.