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January 12, 2015 AT 4:00 pm

Could Southern White Rhinos assist in a Northern White Rhino comeback?


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From Gregory Warner for NPR:

Now another plan is being considered: To extract a northern white rhino egg, fertilize it with frozen northern white rhino sperm and implant it the surrogate womb of a genetically different subspecies: Southern White Rhino.

The Southern White Rhino look almost identical to the Northerns, though they have a larger front horn, and they also prefer a grassy environment while the Northerns like denser bush.

But perhaps the biggest difference between the Southern and Northern White Rhino is their epic comeback story.

…If plans for a surrogacy attempt are approved, the Southern knack for survival might give a ray of hope to their near-extinct Northern cousins.

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