World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Gets Internet Dating Profile
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Do you know you can find the profile of Sudan, the world's only male northern white rhinoceros on Tinder?
Tinder is a smartphone app people use to find a date.
Sudan's profile says "the fate of the species depends on me," and he enjoys travel and the outdoors.
Since rhinos cannot use smartphones, who wrote the profile?
Sudan lives in a wildlife conservancy in Kenya called Ol Pejeta. The conservancy created the profile to draw attention to the endangered species.
There are only three northern white rhinos alive. Many were killed by poachers who took their horns to sell.
In some cultures, the horns are used as special medicine. That is why they can be worth up to $50,000 per kilogram.
The two female northern white rhinos are named Fatu and Najin. Conservationists said they have tried to get him to mate with the female rhinos. But neither of them has gotten pregnant.
Animal experts are worried that the northern white rhino might become extinct. Sudan is 43 years old and may not live long. Most northern white rhinos only live between 40 and 50 years.
That is why Ol Pejeta is working with Tinder to raise money for what are called Assisted Reproductive Techniques. One of these well-known techniques is in-vitro fertilization. That is where the egg of a female rhino is fertilized by the sperm of a male rhino. It becomes an embryo and then is implanted into a female's uterus.
In this case, they are hoping to use the more common southern white rhino to carry the embryo and hopefully give birth to a baby rhino.
When people see Sudan's profile on Tinder, they can give money to support the project.
The conservancy hopes to raise $9 million for the project and to have 10 northern white rhinos in five years.
Richard Vigne is the head Ol Pejeta. He says the eventual goal of the program is to introduce northern white rhinos back into the wild.
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2.raise money 筹集资金
From what I could gather, he was trying to raise money by organising festivals.
3.endangered species 濒危物种
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4.in-vitro fertilization 体外受精
The 42-year-old singer got pregnant with twins after many rounds of in-vitro fertilization.
1.In this case, they are hoping to use the more common southern white rhino to carry the embryo and hopefully give birth to a baby rhino.
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In this case, this worker may not need to do a formal impact analysis.
2.In this case, they are hoping to use the more common southern white rhino to carry the embryo and hopefully give birth to a baby rhino.
give birth to 生育；生产（怀孕）
These women will give birth to God-knows-how-many girls until they have a boy.
I wanted to teach and give birth to my own set of scientific children.
苏丹现居住在肯尼亚一处名为“Ol Pejeta”的野生自然保护区内 。保护协会创建这份简历的目的是希望社会关注濒危动物 。
现存的北部白犀牛只剩下三只 。为了盗取犀牛角，偷猎者杀害了大批北部白犀牛 。
在一些文化中，犀牛角被视为特殊药材 。因此，犀牛角的价格飞涨至每公斤50000美元 。
剩下的两只雌性北部白犀牛分别是法图（Fatu）和纳金（Najin） 。自然资源保护人士称，他们尝试让苏丹和两只雌性白犀牛交配 。但是，两只雌性白犀牛都没有成功受孕 。
动物专家担心，北部白犀牛可能会灭绝 。43岁的苏丹已然时日无多 。多数北部白犀牛的寿命大约在40岁到50岁 。
这也正是Ol Pejeta保护区利用Tinder为辅助生殖技术筹款的原因 。其中一项技术就包括体外受精 。就是让雌性犀牛的卵子与雄性犀牛的精子完成受精过程 。等形成胚胎后再将其植入雌性犀牛的子宫内 。
理查德·维涅（Richard Vigne）是Ol Pejeta保护区的负责人 。他表示，该计划的最终目标是让北部白犀牛重回野外生活 。