A rhino named Sudan has been described as ‘the most eligible bachelor in the world’ by a Kenyan wildlife conservancy.
He’s the world’s last male northern white rhino, and wildlife experts have got him on the Tinder dating app in a last-chance breeding effort to keep the species alive.
As well as being the world’s most eligible bachelor, Sudan, who is surrounded by armed guards, is also one of the most protected males on the planet.
Sudan lives his bachelor life at Ol Pejeta Conservancy with his two female northern white rhino counterparts, Najin and Fatu. They have been unable to breed naturally due to a range of issues including old age. However, there are 17,000 other potential female southern white rhino suitors.
Sudan appears on Tinder in 190 countries and in over 40 languages. The goal is to raise the $9 million needed to protect the northern white rhino from extinction.
‘The plight that currently faces the northern white rhinos is a signal to the impact that humankind is having on many thousands of other species across the planet. Ultimately, the aim will be to reintroduce a viable population of northern white rhino back into the wild which is where their true value will be realised.’
CEO, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
When liked, the Tinder profile will direct the viewer to a page from which they can donate towards the cause.
The funds raised will go towards ongoing research into Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) by a consortium of institutions. Once perfected, this technology – in particular in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) – will hopefully lead to successful pregnancies that gradually build up a viable herd of northern white rhinos.
Richard Vigne, CEO of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, says this approach represents ‘the last option to save the species after all previous breeding attempts proved futile.’ If successful, this will be the first time for scientists to carry out artificial reproduction in rhinos.