Remember Sudan? He’s the last male northern white rhino and that means he needs to be saved. What better way to help Sudan than to have him on Tinder. This rhino on Tinder is not looking for a mate but when you see him, it should prompt you to swipe immediately.
Sudan is past his prime but it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any female companions. He does have companions – two females- living with him at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy. But still, Sudan can’t breed with either of these females because one is too old to get pregnant while the other is infertile.
Sudan is the last male northern white rhino.
Sudan joins Tinder to get donations to help preserve his species.
But there’s hope for Sudan and it’s on Tinder. Sudan the rhino on Tinder is a way to preserve the species. A swipe on Sudan will redirect users to a donation page, the funds raised will go to rhino in-vitro fertilization project in hopes to preserve the northern white rhino subspecies.
As most of us guessed it, Sudan’s line is threatened to extinction all because of illegal human activities – the rampant poaching. Sudan is now 43 years old and scientists and conservationists are doubling their efforts to help him breed before everything is too late.
The rhino on Tinder is past his prime and is now 43 years old.
Currently, there is no IVF process for rhinos but scientists are working on tweaking the horse IVF to make it work. Since rhinos and horses are related, they could share the same uterine and hormone environments. Sperm and eggs from the northern white subspecies have already been collected in the past coming from rhinos that have died.
Since IVF and breeding the rhino does not come cheap, it requires money. Here’s where Tinder comes into the picture. Ol Pejeta has collaborated with Tinder for Sudan’s breeding. The goal is to raise $9 million, which will fund assisted technology research in the species.
[Featured Image by Make It Kenya/Flickr]