WHY THE NORTHERN WHITE RHINO NEEDS YOUR HELP
The Northern White Rhinoceros is the rarest animal in the world. Only two females remain alive. All males are deceased.
Technology used to create human babies in sterile women (in vitro fertilization with a human surrogate mother) can be used to reverse the current biological extinction of this species.
The dramatic potential of this technology to reverse extinction cannot proceed without funding. Current estimates are $4 million to create the first Northern White Rhinoceros calf.
If successful, this technology could potentially be used to battle extinction in other species.
WHAT YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL BE USED FOR
This is Professor Thomas Hildebrandt
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernd Hildebrandt, HonFRCVS, HonMSRF, Dip ECZM
Chair, Wildlife Reproduction Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin
Head, Dept. Reproduction Management
Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research
Honorary Professorial Fellow Life Sciences, Melbourne University
Research associate, Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park
Fellow of the Zoological Society of San Diego Zoo
Scientific Associate Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society London
Veterinary advisor for the European elephant Taxon Advisory Group
He heads an international team of scientists who have the expertise to successfully complete this project.
"I am confident that our international team will be able to produce a genetically pure Northern White Rhino calves in the future." - Thomas Hildebrandt DVM
But we are in a race against time. Both Females are unable to concieve, are aging and the viability of their eggs diminishes every day. There is no assurance of their long-term health or security from poaching.
"Everything would have been faster had we had solid financing. We are not running out of money. The truth is that we never had the money." - Thomas Hildebrandt DVM
Reversing this extinction and the promise it brings to other endangered species will depend upon rapid and substancial international financial support.
THE STEPS IN THE PROJECT EXPLAINED
Harvest eggs from the ovaries of the two remaining female northern white rhinoceroses.
These eggs will be preserved and sent to Cremona, Italy where Dr. Carlos Galli will combine samples of frozen male sperm with eggs to create embryos.
Emryos will be transported to South Africa and implanted into the bodies of female Southern White Rhinoceroses.
This process can be repeated to create more than one calf if enough embryos can be produced.
"Unlike the more aggressive Black Rhinoceros, the Northern White Rhinoceros is a peaceful, gentle, pastoral grazer, behaviorally more a kin to a cow." - Richard McLellan MD"
In memoriam: Sudan-The last Northern White male. Euthanized to end his suffereing March 19th, 2018.
SCIENTISTS TRANSFER TEST TUBE RHINO EMBRYOS
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Berlin — Scientists in Europe said Tuesday they've successfully transferred a test tube rhino embryo back into a female whose eggs were fertilized in vitro, as part of an effort to save another nearly extinct subspecies of the giant horned mammal. The procedure was performed last month on a southern white rhino at Chorzow zoo in Poland, said Thomas Hildebrandt of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin.