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Groundbreaking Procedure Bring Us One Step Closer
to Making a Northern White Rhino
Dear ATCNews readers,
Yesterday, August 22nd, 2019, was an incredibly exciting day.
As you might know, our girls Najin and Fatu are the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. 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 a total of 10 eggs from the females – five from Najin and five from Fatu – in an operation that has never been attempted in this species before. Both of them have come around from the operation just fine. 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.
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).
We have only got this far because of the support and belief of people like you – so from Najin, Fatu and the rest of the Ol Pejeta team, thank you.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Private Bag, Nanyuki 10400