Press Release // Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW), University of Padua, Avantea Laboratories, Kenya Wildlife ServiceDate: March 22, 2021

The international consortium of scientists and conservationists that is working towards preventing the extinction of the northern white rhino through advanced assisted reproduction technologies is happy to announce that in December 2020, two new northern whi

BioRescue consortium continues ambitious rhino reproduction programme with successful oocyte collection at Schwerin Zoo (Germany).

Top researchers and zoological institutions work hand in hand to develop advanced technologies for assisted reproduction. These methods are the last straw for highly endangered species such as the Northern White Rhino.

On August 18, the BioRescue team successfully collected ten oocytes (immature egg cells) from the last two northern white rhinos, females Najin and Fatu, in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya.

After a hiatus of a few months owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the international team of scientists and conservationists continued its ambitious programme to save the northern white rhino from extinction:

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