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Sunday, June 30, 2013

From the News: Endangered Rhino Born Via Artificial Insemination

Another victory for reproductive technology!

Scientists are learning more and more about the reproductive biology of the three rhino species commonly kept in captivity - the black, the white, and the Indian.  It makes me hopeful that eventually there might also be some application to the even more endangered Sumatran and Javan rhinos.  Javan rhinos are non-existent in captivity, Sumatrans represented by a tiny handful of specimens.  No one is going to be saving them via a captive breeding program (not unless things go California-condor-bad and the situation is so dire that every living animal must be brought into captivity).  Still, if sperm and eggs can be obtained (via carcasses of poached wild animals), maybe something can be done...

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