Poaching has driven the Northern White Rhino to within one lifeline of existence. The rhino horn black market can be highly lucrative, 2.2 lbs sell for about $75,000 dollars. This is the last remaining Northern White Rhino remaining in the world. It is housed at the Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
Because poachers don’t show any regard for the preservation of animal species, conservancy rangers must do anything they can in order to protect this animal. They use all the tools at their disposal (gps trackers, surveillance aircraft, trained dogs, etc…) in order to maximize the survival possibilities of this endangered animal.
This however does not guaranteed the survival of the animal. So in an effort to preserve the species, scientist are considering artificial insemination with similar cross species in order to bring back a pure form of the species.
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