Imagine being one of only four people left on the planet, the future of humanity in your hands. It’s up to you to make babies, re-populate, save your species. Pressure? You bet.
Sadly, this is the case for the only four Northern white rhinos on the planet. Sudan and Suni (the boys), and Najin and Fatu (the ladies) are the last of their species. Residing in Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy, it has been a hope they could produce a miracle. (see previous post: …And Then There Were Four)
Under 24 hour armed guard to protect them from poaching, they have been cared for and maintained to keep them healthy and happy. Despite all efforts at a suitable environment, there has been no success. Although Suni and Najin were seen mating in 2012, the 16 month gestation period came and went, and hopes were dashed.
According to Ol’ Pejeta, this month a male southern white rhino will be introduced to the two northern white females, with the objective of getting them pregnant at the earliest opportunity.If this works, the hope is that the two females can produce several offspring through ‘intercrossing’ the subspecies.
Although this is not as ideal, this is the next best thing. They will hold the genes of the Northern whites, genes that helped that species survive and adapt to their environment. Any attempt at perpetuating the species is imperative at this point.
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