White Rhinos Are Nearly Extinct – But Scientists Grew a Test-Tube Embryo To Help Save Them

The northern white rhino is a near-extinct species: the last male, Sudan, died in March 2018 and there are only two females left, both infertile. Scientists had been saving sperm from the last four white rhino bulls. Now, for the first time, they found a way to create hybrid embryos by applying the test-tube fertilization (IVF) technique. They combined oocytes extracted from a female southern white rhino, a similar sub-species, with the thawed sperm. The hybrid embryos are ready enough to breed but a surrogate southern white rhino female still hasn't been identified.

The startling impact of coronavirus on rhino conservation across Africa

To mark World Rhino Day 2020, we speak to wildlife veterinarian Dr Andre Uys in South Africa about how recent restrictions on movement and a decrease in tourism revenue have affected conservation across Africa — and what the future may hold.

What would drive someone to kill a rhino?

Save This Rhino is an emotional two-part series that follows the victims of poaching through the story of orphaned baby rhino Arthur.

Black Rhinos Confront Lions And Elephants In A Three-Way Stand-off

Who would win a fight between a pride of lions, a herd of elephants, and a pair of black rhinoceroses? The answer may surprise you. A Safari Live crew happened upon such a scene while filming in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve.

New Plan To Save Sumatran Rhinos On the Brink of Extinction

The Sumatran rhinoceros is a critically endangered species. Only around 80 individuals remain. The wild populations are split between the islands of Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo. This isolation of small populations, some as small as one or two individuals, is now the species’ biggest threat.

Meet An Endangered Baby Eastern Black Rhino

"2nd August, 2018 – This newborn male Eastern black rhino was born at the U.K.’s Chester Zoo on 31st July, 2018. After a 15-month pregnancy, twelve-year-old mother Malindi delivered her calf in just half an hour. The unnamed calf began running around soon after. Zookeepers have observed regular feedings, and report that the calf and mother have bonded quickly. Black rhinos are largely solitary, except for mothers with calves. The pair is part of the Chester Zoo’s rhino breeding and conservation program. Eastern black rhinos are one of four black rhino subspecies, and they are critically endangered. Only approximately 650 Eastern black rhinos exist in the wild. Black rhino numbers have declined by more than 90% since the early twentieth century. The decline largely is a result of illegal poaching, and the demand for rhino horns is increasing."

Rhino Embryos Created in Lab, Offering Hope for Nearly Extinct Species

An Italian biotechnology company has formed viable rhinoceros embryos using in-vitro fertilization—but some experts are skeptical of its value.

Watch Rare Baby Rhino Toddle Around At UK Zoo

Meet this bundle of joy born on  May 3, 2018 at the Chester Zoo in the UK. The soon-to-be-named calf and his mom, Asha, reportedly are doing well and keepers describe the calf as a very confident, adventurous young rhino.

Sudan, the Last Remaining Male White Rhino, Has Died

Find out why the passing of the last white rhino male means the species is closer to extinction. 

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