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Scientists make progress in rescuing endangered northern white rhinos

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It is the first time such hybrid embryos have been created, and the scientists from Europe and the United States hope it will provide a pathway to saving the northern white rhino sub-species, of which only two females remain.

Thomas Hildebrandt, of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, said researchers hope the first northern white rhino calf will be born in about three years.

The team managed to produce hybrid embryos from Southern White Rhino eggs and Northern White Rhino sperm.

Earlier this year, the rather sad news was announced that the last male northern white rhino had died.

In this Friday, March 2, 2018 file photo, keeper Zachariah Mutai attends to Fatu, one of only two female northern white rhinos left in the world, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya.

To get some fresh blood into the white rhino's gene pool, the team of researchers is also looking into another high-tech reproductive method.

Adapting a reproduction technique used in horses, scientists used a southern white rhino egg and northern white rhino sperm to develop an embryo that they say has a strong chance of surviving to term.

An worldwide team of zoologists, veterinarians and other researchers plucked unfertilized eggs from southern white rhinoceroses, a closely related subspecies with a population of about 20,000. However, the procedure that requires the insertion of a special instrument into the rectum, is risky, because Rhino should be put to sleep for two hours.

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It may not look much now, but this blastocyst is a major step in the battle to save the northern white rhino. Using skin samples taken from a dozen rhinos at the San Diego Zoo, the researchers have generated stem cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) that could potentially be turned into eggs and sperm. Additionally, the worldwide team established stem cell lines from blastocysts of the SWR with typical features of embryonic stem cells.

The northern white rhinoceros is the most endangered mammal in the world.

Step three is the in vitro fertilisation of the egg with the sperm.

Northern white rhinos were particularly vulnerable because of conflicts that swept their central African range.

The device developed by Professor Hildebrandt, who is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne and lead author of the paper, is now awaiting patent approval and could also be used to collect eggs from other large mammals.

The scientists hope they could make enough rhino babies this way to have a genetically diverse population that could, eventually, be re-introduced into their traditional range. They predict, after developing the proper technique, it will be possible to transfer the embryos to female southern white rhinoceroses in the coming years. He made headlines a few months before his death when the conservationists signed him up to Tinder to help find his mating partner in a southern white rhino (SWR). According to him, the gradual disappearance occurred due to the fact that grams of the horns of these rhinos were worth more than gold and hunters killed the animals one by one.

"The proper legislation must be passed, the resources to enforce the regulations must be provided and the law must be upheld", said Dr Roth, who has worked in rhino conservation for more than two decades.

"We should be working on all fronts", Roth said.

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