World's last male rhino getting help from Tinder dating app

Sudan -- The Last Male Northern White Rhino -- Is Now On Tinder

Richard Vigne, the conservancy's chief executive officer, said: "The plight that now faces the northern white rhino is a signal to the impact that humankind is having on many thousands of other species across the planet".

There's just one male northern white rhino left in the world, and he's now on the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts try to keep his species alive.

They are raising money for research to save the species from extinction.

As unbelievable as it would be to have Sudan swipe through all these eligible bachelorettes, Tinder and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy have another goal in mind for "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World", as the campaign calls Sudan.

"I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me", the rhino's profile says.

No problems. 6 ft tall and 5,000 pounds if it matters.

Richard Vigne, CEO of the conservancy, said that IVF is costly, but remains the only solution.

The research, which is now ongoing in the United States, Germany and Japan aims to establish a herd of 10 northern white rhinos after five years using in-vitro fertilization.

It's so hard to find love in this world even animals are turning to dating apps like Tinder.

If a user swipes right on Sudan, they'll be given a link to a donation page to contribute toward the $9 million goal.

According to Reuters, scientists are aiming to use Sudan's sperm to fertilize an egg from one of the two last northern white rhino females: Satu (17) or Najin (27).

Northern white rhino horns are sold by poachers for $50,000 (£39,000) per kilo, which makes them more valuable than gold. Once fertilised, the embryos would be implanted into surrogate rhino females.

"We tried everything to get them to mate naturally", said Elodie Sampere, the marketing manager at Kenya's Ol Pejeta conservancy, where all three white rhinos are accompanied by 24-hour armed guards. Female Southern white rhinos have also been included, and although the match won't result in a 100% southern white rhino offspring, this alternative is much better than extinction. That profile is available in 190 countries and 40 different languages. If it works, it'll be the first time artificial reproduction will successfully be carried out in a rhino species. "We've heard countless stories about Tinder babies, but this would be the first match to save a species".

The funds raised will go towards ongoing research into Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) by a consortium of institutions.

The plight that now faces the northern white rhinos is a signal to the impact that humankind is having on many thousands of other species across the planet.


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