An Italian Breeding Company Trying to Save the Northern White Rhino from Extinction

An Italian Breeding Company Trying to Save the Northern White Rhino from Extinction

Last two female northern white rhino’s eggs removed and fertilized with sperm from the previous dead male. However, it will be about ten days before it is known whether the eggs have developed into embryos, an Italian assisted-breeding company said Monday.

Cesare Galli, an expert in animal cloning, a founder of Avantea, mentioned that They expect some of them will develop into an embryo.

Avantea mentioned that only seven of 10 eggs extracted last week from the females in Kenya could be used in the fertilization attempts Sunday utilizing frozen sperm collected from the male, which passed away on March 2018. Wildlife experts and veterinarians are expecting that the species can reproduce through a surrogate mother rhino.

The Associated Press was granted private access to the laboratory to film the process being carried out on Sunday.

Galli, a founder of the company, stated that to improve chances for a species’ continuation, it’s higher to not “get to the last two people before you use this technology.”

Decades of poaching decimated the northern white rhino’s numbers.

The main goal is to create a herd of a minimum of five animals that could be returned to their natural habit in Africa. That could take decades. Sudan was the last of his species to be born in the wild, in the country he was named after. Other rhinos the southern white rhino and the black rhino are also prey for poachers, who kill them for their horns to supply illegal markets in elements of Asia.