Hope for the Northern White Rhinos as Suni and Najin Mate; Twice!

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Date: 
11 June 2012
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On April 25th, four weeks after their interesting courtship ritual, Suni and Najin finally mated! 32 days later, on May 27th, they mated again. These recent mating activities provide a glimmer of hope for the critically endangered northern white rhino subspecies especially as they are Najin’s first mating in over a decade!

northern white rhinos, Suni and Najin mate
Suni and Najin have mated twice in the last few weeks: on April 25th and on May 27th! This gives a glimmer of hope for the critically endangered northern white rhino subspecies 

The four northern white rhinos on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Najin, Suni, Fatu and Sudan - are the world's only breeding individuals of the subspecies. They were moved to Ol Pejeta from the Czech Republic in 2009 in hopes that returning to their native Africa would induce normal behaviour and encourage breeding. The fact that Najin wasn’t interested in males before but is now mating clearly proves that she is back to her normal behaviour.

Najin has great breeding potential as she has given birth before. The last northern white rhino breeding was in 2000 when Najin gave birth to daughter Fatu. With Najin now cycling normally the future seems bright for the subspecies.

Thanks to the different interventions led by the northern white rhino committee like pairing up the rhinos and switching up the males, the northern whites are doing great. Conservation efforts brought back the southern white rhino subspecies from the brink of extinction and similar efforts may see the northern white rhinos back in their original range states of Southern Sudan, the Central African Republic, Zaire and Uganda.

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