Rhino in San Diego Zoo preg­nant

The Maui News - - NEWS -

SAN DIEGO — A south­ern white rhino has be­come preg­nant through ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion at the San Diego Zoo Sa­fari Park — giv­ing hope for efforts to save a sub­species of one of the world’s most rec­og­niz­able an­i­mals, re­searchers an­nounced Thurs­day.

That’s given hope for efforts to save the north­ern white rhino sub­species of one of the world’s most rec­og­niz­able an­i­mals.

Vic­to­ria’s 16 to 18 months of ges­ta­tion will be watched closely by sci­en­tists.

She’s one of six south­ern white rhi­nos that the San Diego Zoo In­sti­tute for Con­ser­va­tion re­search is test­ing to de­ter­mine if they are fit to be sur­ro­gate moth­ers.

Those rhi­nos could even­tu­ally be im­preg­nated with eggs and sperm from north­ern white rhi­nos in an at­tempt to bring back that sub­species.

There are only two north­ern white rhi­nos alive in the world.

Both are in a Kenya wildlife pre­serve but are not be­lieved ca­pa­ble of bear­ing calves.

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