Last Northern Male White Rhino Joins Tinder In Bid To Save Species From Extinction
A lot of fun can be had here regarding a horny rhino joining Tinder, it also represents, and attempts to tackle, an extremely serious situation.
“It’s A Jungle Out There” is often used when referring to dating or finding your significant other, but for one of the last northern white rhinos, it’s his only hope to save his species from extinction.
Sudan, one of the last of his kind remaining in the wild is joining Tinder to find a mate. This may be his species’ only hope before it’s too late. This symbolizes why we should have taken better care and payed attention to what is happening in Africa before his species becomes entirely extinct.
It’s not just a jungle out there anymore, horrifically, over the years it has become a jungle filled with ill-intentioned poachers and greedy traffickers with no concern whatsoever for the animals they massacre, or the survival of the species.
According to CNN, “the fate of the subspecies depends on Sudan.”
Fortunately, Sudan and the last remaining two female northern white rhinos, who live with him, have security 24-7 and are equipped with radio transmitters designed to gather information on poaching in their, and neighboring communities.
Granted at 43-years-old, Sudan is no longer able to mate as his last attempts with his female counterparts were unsuccessful. Therefore, scientists want to impregnate other females using his sperm.
“In human terms, [Sudan is] probably about 95 years old,” Ol Pejeta CEO Richard Vigne told NPR‘s All Things Considered, “so he’s incapable of normal breeding.”
Dubbed “the most eligible bachelor in the world” by the team caring for him in Kenya, Sudan turned to Tinder in a bid to successfully breed and save the species from extinction.
The goal, according to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy which posted Sudan’s profile on Tinder, is to raise enough funds for one final attempt, through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), to save the imperiled species.
“It’s common in humans, it’s common in other domestic livestock such as cattle, but it’s never been done in rhinos,” Vigne explained on NPR. “We estimate we need something like $9 million to $10 million.”
Launched on Tuesday, users who swipe right on Sudan’s Tinder profile will be directed to Ol Pejeta’s donation page. As per NPR, Reuters reported that the page received so many hits within hours of his profile going live, that the site crashed.
Monies raised will go towards ongoing research into Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) conducted by institutes in the United States, Germany and Japan. As per CNN, scientists hope to create a herd of 10 northern white rhinos after five years of IVF treatment.
I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of my species literally depends on me,” states Sudan’s profile which is broadcast in 190 countries and in 40 languages. People who swipe right are directed to a site where they can donate to help Sudan on his mission to go forth and multiply.”
So be sure to swipe right because the future of Sudan and the last northern white rhinos depend on it!