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Photo by @amivitale // Fatu, one of the last two northern white rhinos alive on the planet, greets James Mwenda at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta). The species is on the edge of extinction but in a hopeful turn, scientists from the @biorescue_project have created four more northern white rhino embryos, making a total of NINE northern white rhino embryos awaiting implantation after a successful ovum pick-up procedure in March. These join the five viable embryos from earlier procedures. This was the most successful series of procedures – from oocyte collection in Kenya to in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation in Italy – the team of Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (@leibnizizw), @SafariParkDvurKralove @KenyaWildlifeService @OlPejetaConservancy and #Avantea has ever conducted. Additionally, the team confirmed the successful sterilization of the southern white rhino bull Owuan, which was conducted in December 2020. As a sterilized bull, his behavior will indicate the reproductive cycle of potential surrogate mothers without any risk of impregnating them. The bull will now be introduced to the Ol Pejeta southern white rhino females that have been identified as potential surrogate mothers for future northern white rhino offspring so that the embryos can be transferred at the correct time. The critical next steps in saving the northern white rhino from certain extinction are underway and hope for recovery grows greater daily. Learn more, including how you can help, by following @amivitale and @biorescue_project. @tunajibu @bmbf.bund @leibnizgemeinschaft @MinistryOfTourismAndWildlifeKE @natgeo @thephotosociety #amivitale #kenya #NorthernWhiteRhinos #nikonambassador #dontletthemdisappear#rhinos #saverhinos #sudanforever #empathyiseverything