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World’s zookeepers meet to save white rhino

A white rhino in the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa.
A white rhino in the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. Image by Derek Keats / CC BY 2.0

Zookeepers from around the globe are to meet in Kenya next month to discuss possible ways to save the endangered northern white rhino. There are only five of the species left in existence, all in captivity. The last male is held with two females at Kenya’s Old Pejeta Conservancy. Options they are considering include artificial insemination, in vitro fertilisation, genetic engineering and hybrid breeding (placing an embryo in a female southern white to carry). Given that four of the remaining white rhino are over 40 years old, time is running out. Read more: bbc.co.uk