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Scientists and conservationists have made two of the northern white rhino embryos as a milestone that could save the species from the brink of extinction.
“We are very pleased to announce that its two northern white rhinos, the embryos have been successfully matured and fertilized it,” the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, to send a tweet on Wednesday. “This development marks a turning point in the game is to save the northern white rhino from near extinction!”
“The pioneer of in-vitro embryos, the northern white rhino, which is a strong proof of what a committed partnership can achieve in pushing the boundaries of science, to be able to save a creature in danger of extinction,” said John Waweru, the director-general of the Kenya Wildlife Service, in a tweeted statement.
THE RHINO RESCUE? SCIENTISTS MAY HOLD KEY TO SAVING THE NORTHERN WHITE RHINO FROM EXTINCTION
The creation of the northern white rhino population of embryos was achieved in Avantea Laboratory in Cremona, Italy. Professor Cesare Galli and his team have matured, and fertilized eggs are collected in August. 22, Najin and Fatu, and the last two women in the world who are living in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, with the sperm previously collected from the men, Shuni, and Saut.
In sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, on the 25th of June, 2015.
(Georgina Goodwin/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
“We still have 10 eggs, back from Kenya, five from each of the women. After the incubation, the seven has come of age, and were suitable for fertilization,” Galli said.
After 10 days of incubation, two of Fatu’s eggs have developed into viable embryos were cryopreserved for future transfer, the scientists said.
IN SUDAN, THE WORLD’S LAST MALE NORTHERN WHITE RHINO, DIED FROM AGE-RELATED COMPLICATIONS”
The last male northern white rhino, a 45-year-old boy named Sudan, which gained fame in 2017 by his indication, as “The Most eligible bachelor in the World” – the Tinder dating app, which is a fund-raising. Of sudan, was killed at the age-related complications.
File photo, Najin (L) and Fatu), the only two remaining female northern white rhinos grazing together in their paddock, on March 20, 2018.
(TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
An international team of scientists and conservationists involved in the effort to create the embryos.
“This important milestone of the procedure is the result of many years of planning and preparation, in a collaborative effort on the part of the Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (his earlier works-which are separate legal entities), Berlin, Avantea Laboratory , Dvůr Králové Zoo, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Ol Pejeta Conservancy tweeted.
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Researcher, Paola Turini works in the Avantea, laboratory, during the fertilization of the eggs of the last two remaining females of the northern white rhino, with deep-frozen semen of two of the rhinos and the bulls are of the same type, in the province of Cremona, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 at the latest.
(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Years of poaching decimated the northern white rhino population by the numbers. Sudan was the last of his species born in the wild, in the country in which he is named.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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