Most Eligible Bachelor
Ol Pejeta Conservancy has partnered with Tinder, the leading social app for meeting new people, to launch a new campaign to raise awareness about ‘The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World’ named Sudan. Sudan is the only remaining male northern white rhino on the planet.
The goal of this campaign is to raise the $9 million needed to protect the northern white rhino from extinction.
The funds raised will go towards ongoing research into Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) by a consortium of institutions. Once perfected, this technology, in particular in vitro fertilization (IVF), will aid to achieve successful pregnancies to gradually build up a viable herd of northern white rhinos.
Please donate generously and help us save the northern white rhinos.
Wherever you are in the world, there are many ways to support us. And please remember that whatever the size of your donation, it will make a difference.
If you are based in the United Kingdom or Europe, you can donate using Virgin Money. Click here to donate.
If you are based in the United States and Canada, you can donate using CrowdRise. Click here to donate.
If you are based in Kenya, you can donate via Mpesa. Pay bill / Business No. 964550 (please type the word "DONATION" in the account no. field)
For the rest of the world you can use PayPal
The campaign has received amazing media coverage from global news outlets like Wired, CNN, BBC, Mashable among others. The campaign has gone viral – something essential as we aim to raise awareness not only about the northern white rhinos but also other species threatened with extinction.
We are so grateful for your donations. Whether you have contributed a dollar or a thousand, every single dollar counts as we race to save the northern white rhinos.
Whomever you are, wherever you are, we can make a difference. Let’s leave this world better for our children than we found it.
Swipe right, share, tweet and donate. There’s a long way to go but together we will get ‘the most eligible bachelor’ a suitor.
For more information on this campaign, contact:
+254 / 727 341 612
** Reproduction and stem cell researchers meet in Vienna to develop a rescue plan for the northern white rhino **
International scientists met in Austria in early December 2015 for a conference on Conservation by Cellular Technologies. The last three northern white rhinos in the world, who live on Ol Pejeta, are completely incapable of natural reproduction. Experts have concluded that the subspecies can only be saved by using cellular techniques. The conference was supported by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin (IZW), San Diego Zoo Global (USA), Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Austria) and ZOO Dvůr Králové (Czech Republic).
One of the participants in the meeting, the Japanese stem cell scientist Katsuhiko Hayashi (Kyushu University), has already grown mice out of simple skin cells. The plan devised in Vienna is to use natural gametes from the remaining three rhinos, as well as samples collected from dead individuals, and multiply them. Scientists will also use induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which are taken from somatic cells, for example in the skin. They hope that as research continues to progress, it might be possible to specifically mature the iPS cells into neurons, heart muscle cells or even gametes. In-vitro fertilised gametes can then be introduced into surrogate mothers and a fertile northern white rhinos will be produced.
The process will require the latest findings in stem cell research to be adjusted and applied to rhinos, and will be the first use of the technology in wildlife conservation. DNA of a dozen northern white rhinos has been preserved in genetic banks in Berlin and San Diego, and will be used in this project. The first studies have already begun, and the complete rescue and research plan will be published as a status report next year.
Our GoFundMe campaign aims to raise funds to assist in the research necessary to save the species. Please continue to support this campaign by spreading the word and sharing with your loved ones.
As some of you might already be aware, Nola, a female northern white rhino in San Diego Zoo, died aged 41 on Sunday 22nd November. This leaves just three remaining on the planet; all of them live in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya.
The future of this subspecies now lies in the development of in vitro fertilisation techniques and stem cell technology, costly and complicated procedures that have never before been attempted in rhinos.
A statement from San Diego Zoo said “Nola, who lived here since 1989, was under veterinary care for a bacterial infection, as well as age-related health issues. In the last 24 hours, Nola’s condition worsened and we made the difficult decision to euthanize her. We’re absolutely devastated by this loss, but resolved to fight even harder to end extinction.”
Unless a technique for rhino IVF or stem cell technology can be funded, developed, tested and implemented, the northern white rhino will become extinct. Team of experts led by IZW Berlin has been cooperating with Dvůr Králové and Ol Pejeta on this already.
Our GoFundMe campaign aims to raise funds to assist in the research necessary to save the species.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is appealing to people all over the world to help. “We wouldn’t be asking people to donate if we didn’t truly believe that there was one last ray of hope for saving the northern white rhino” says Ol Pejeta CEO, Richard Vigne. “It is by no means straightforward, but saving a subspecies from extinction in an age where science is capable of so many extraordinary things - I believe it can be done. All we need is for citizens around the world to club together to save the northern white rhino for future generations”.
We'd like to say a huge thank you to every single person who has donated or shared our link. Thanks to your generosity, we have raised £5,600 since we started the fundraiser.
For us, saving the northern white rhinos isn't just about species conservation, it's about safeguarding wild species for future generations. We, therefore, remain committed to saving this species no matter how long it takes.
Please help us in this endeavour by spreading the word and sharing the link as widely as you can. http://www.gofundme.com/makearhino
Hi Tim. Yes, the white rhinos that you see near Nyeri are southern white rhino. This campaign is about northern white rhino of which there are only four remaining in the world (three on Ol Pejeta and one in the US). These sub-species are very similar but the northern white rhino has evolved to be specially adapted to central Africa.
Please help me understand. Is there a difference in the wide rhino other wise known as the white rhino and a northern white rhino. Because about 10 minutes from me here in Nyeri you can see white rhinos all day long.