** NEWS UPDATE **
FIRST EVER IN VITRO EMBRYOS
(September 11th, 2019)
** NEWS UPDATE **
NORTHERN WHITE RHINO EGGS SUCCESSFULLY FERTILISED
(August 26th, 2019)
** BREAKING NEWS **
GROUNDBREAKING PROCEDURE BRING US ONE STEP CLOSER
TO MAKING A NORTHERN WHITE RHINO
August 22nd, 2019 was an incredible day on Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Najin and Fatu are the last two northern white rhino in the world, both of them female. Sadly, neither of them are able to carry a pregnancy, but a groundbreaking procedure carried out yesterday means they still have the chance to mother the next generation of northern white rhinos, and that there is very real hope for the future of this species.
With both Najin and Fatu under general anaesthetic, a team of vets successfully harvested eggs from the females, in an operation that has never been attempted in this species before. Both of them have come around from the operation just fine. The team was able to retrieve a total of 10 eggs, five from Najin and five from Fatu. These precious eggs will now be artificially inseminated with frozen sperm from a northern white rhino bull, and in the near future the embryo will be transferred to a southern white rhino surrogate mother.
"On the one hand Ol Pejeta is saddened that we are now down to the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, a testament to the profligate way the human race continues to interact with the natural world around us. However we are also immensely proud to be part of the groundbreaking work which is now being deployed to rescue this species. We hope it signals the start of an era where humans finally start to understand that proper stewardship of the environment is not a luxury but a necessity,"
said Richard Vigne, Managing Director of Ol Pejeta.
This was the result of years of planning and preparation, in a joint effort by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) Berlin, Avantea, Dvůr Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
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