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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,5TH JULY 2018-In an effort aimed at saving the Northern White Rhino from extinction, Scientists in Europe have announced a major breakthrough towards the achievement of the goal.
According to Researchers from Italy, they have created the first-ever hybrid rhino embryo produced outside the womb, following the death of the last male rhino of the species.
It will then be planted into surrogate mothers, who are under heavy guard at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the researchers noted in a statement.
The embryo was made using sperms harvested from Sudan, the last surviving northern male white rhino that died in March.
According to Ol Pejeta, the embryo has a strong chance of surviving to term and thus producing other northern white rhinos.
“In the meantime, we will carry on taking the best possible care of Fatu and Najin and the herd of southern whites specifically selected to one day, hopefully, become surrogates for northern white rhinos,” Ol Pejeta said in a statement.
Najin and her daughter Fatu are the only remaining female northern white rhinos, who are confined at the conservancy.