Success: Northern White Rhino Saved From Imminent Extinction

Target: Jaroslav Haimy Hyjánek, Zoological Director, Dvůr Králové Zoo

Goal: Praise the creation of two endangered northern white rhino embryos.

Scientists have successfully created two embryos of the northern white rhino, offering hope to environmentalists, biologists, and those who signed this petition. In a partnership between Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, eggs were taken from the last two surviving rhinos, females Najin and Fatu, and fertilized. The last male, Sudan, died in 2018, sparking worries that the species may have been lost forever. The embryos will likely be implanted in closely-related southern white rhino females as surrogates.

The last confirmed sighting of a northern white rhino in the wild was in 2006. The possible extinction has been the cause of significant concern among environmentalists, conservationists, and scientists eager to avoid the loss of yet another precious species like the western black rhino.

This is an effort that has taken years to achieve, and it will be many years still before the northern white rhino can be considered safely out of danger. But for now, the species has been saved by the efforts of concerned individuals and groups, giving this amazing animal another chance. Sign the letter below to congratulate those who worked hard to save this species.


Dear Mr. Hyjánek,

It’s with great pleasure that I congratulate you, your staff, and your colleagues at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for your efforts in creating viable northern white rhinoceros embryos. These embryos are the first step on the long path to full recovery for these threatened animals. I encourage you to continue the invaluable work you’re doing and to know that your work is appreciated.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Heather Paul

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  1. D. Farrimond says:

    Thank You All So Much From All Of Us XXXX

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