His death “is a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him. But we should not give up,” Jan Stejskal, director of international projects at Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic, tells the AP. “It may sound unbelievable, but thanks to the newly developed techniques even Sudan could still have an offspring.”
Scientists have harvested Sudan’s sperm, and that of other male white rhinos, prior to their deaths, NPRexplains. Neither of the living females is capable of reproducing, but researchers hope to use their eggs to create embryos that could be implanted into southern white rhino females, which would act as surrogate mothers.
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Correction (March 21): The original version of this article erroneously stated that the northern white rhino is a species; it has been corrected to reflect the fact that it is a subspecies. The Scientist regrets the error.