Johannesburg - Only two female Northern White Rhinoceros are left and this alarming situation has prompted Merck - a leading science and technology company working with the BioRescue Project - to offer assisted reproductive technologies to save the species from extinction.
The rhinos - mother and daughter are named Najin, 40 and Fatu, 19, - are being kept in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The last male species, Sudan, who was the father and grandfather died in 2018.
“With the Northern White Rhino species dangerously on the verge of extinction, we consider it our responsibility, as industry leaders in the assisted reproductive technologies for the last 60 years, to offer our help through innovative medical technologies before it’s too late,” said Marie-Andrée Gamache, Managing Director at Merck.
The BioRescue project received funding of four million euros from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which is led by Professor Thomas Hildebrandt from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.
It consists of a global team of scientists and conservationists from Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Japan, and the USA.