There might be hope yet for endangered rhinos after South African scientists unveil the first Cape buffalo to be produced via in vitro fertilisation. The buffalo bull calf, named Pumelelo, was born in South Africa’s Limpopo province.
“This success is of major importance for the prospective breeding of endangered species, and that is the reason why we are undertaking this work,” said Morné de la Rey, a veterinarian and managing director of Embryo Plus.
The project will now focus on applying the technique on the northern white rhino, an endangered species with just three animals left on the planet. San Diego Zoo Global has pledged to work with a team of scientists including Embryo Plus to save this rhino species, and has created a herd of southern white rhinos that are providing unprecedented information about the reproductive physiology of rhinos.