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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,11TH SEPT 2019-Efforts towards saving the Northern white rhino species which is on the verge of extinction in Kenya has received a major boost after two embryos s were created using eggs collected from the remaining females and frozen sperm from deceased males.
The good news was confirmed in an Italian laboratory with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) tweeting on Wednesday, in what may mark a turning point for the nearly extinct Northern White Rhino about it.
“The pioneering in vitro embryos of the northern white rhino is a strong testament to what committed partnership can achieve in pushing the frontiers of science to save a creature from extinction,” KWS Director General, Brig. (Rtd) John Waweru said on Wednesday.
Three of the last northern white rhinos reside in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia County, where the last male, which was globally known as Sudan, died in March last year.
Sudan died aged 45 due to age-related complications.
However their eminent extinction is blamed on poaching which was mostly witnessed largely in 1980s.