White rhino at verge of extinction

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Added On May 6, 2016

Since 2009, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest rhino sanctuary in Central Kenya has been the home to the last male northern white rhinos in the world. 
 
Lifestyles has the details.
 
Standup: RUTH BARU, CNC correspondent
"This is Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. He is 43 years old and weighs 2.8 to 3 tonnes. According to experts, species of his kind are at the brink of complete extinction."
 
Sudan is among the four northern white rhinos out of seven in the world that were brought to Kenya from a zoo in the Czech republic to breed in a bid to save this majestic animals. 
 
However now there are only three northern white rhinos remaining in the world. Richard Vigne, the CEO of Ol Pajeta, said the numerous attempts to breed the animals have all had negative results.
 
Soundbite: RICHARD VIGNE, CEO, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
"The chances of them being safe from extinction are very small. There is however a lot of work to develop, what we refer to as artificial reproductive technologies, these are things like invitro fertilisation process, its never ever been done to rhinos before, but there is some work to make that happen."
 
Richard said the rhinos were brought to Africa to this 140-acre conservancy as this was voted the best environment for them to reproduce. But this has been a challenge.
 
Soundbite: RICHARD VIGNE, CEO, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
"These animals are all old, these animals have all been bred in zoo conditions and held in zoo conditions for a long time, where animals particularly rhinos tend to be sub fertile, who knows the point that people need to understand is that if you allow a species to decrease to the point that there is only three left in the planet, then your chances of recovering that species are very very small."
 
Richard said, they would continue to explore the chances of a successful fertilization-taking place. This will include cross breeding with Southern white rhinos. However the chances are very low but calls out for protection of the wildlife currently.
 
Soundbite: RICHARD VIGNE, CEO, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
"What has happened to this species is a simple signal to what is happening to thousands of other species across the planet, and if we continue as humans to exploit the environment the way that we do, it won't just be rhinos that go extinct, it will be thousands of other species."
 
Ol Pejeta is home to three of the world's last three remaining northern white rhinos, and a sanctuary for 108 critically endangered black rhinos.

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