Looking for Love, Kenyan Rhino Joins Tinder: #mosteligiblebachelor
“I’m one of a kind. No seriously… I perform well under pressure. No problems. 6ft tall and 5,000lbs if it matters ” – Sudan’s Tinder Profile
Whomever says love and dating apps are for humans only, should think again. Sudan, a northern white rhino and the world’s #mosteligiblebachelor, is in need of love. So, like many of us, he’s signed up with a dating app, Tinder, to increase his chances. This handsome rhino is the only remaining northern white rhino on the planet so to save his bloodline, it’s essential that he find his match.
Sudan’s profile is being flagged on Tinder to highlight the threat of extinction to northern white rhinos and to help raise $9million to prevent them from being wiped out. So on Sudan’s Tinder profile, swipe right to be directed to a page -www.olpejetaconservancy.org/most-eligible-bachelor/ – where you can donate towards this cause.
At his residence at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sudan has an armed guard 24/7 to protect him from poachers, and the 44-year-old male rhino has also appeared in a string of international documentaries and news stories; making him something of a celebrity.
Aside from Sudan, only two other rhinos are alive, both female – 25 year old Najin and 15 year old Fatu. Neither is able to carry his child though, because Najin’s too weak to support a mate and Fatu’s unlikely to conceive from a suitor thrice her age and with a low sperm count. But with the expected funding, revolutionary fertility treatments could provide the solution to Sudan’s lineage debacle, because the funds’ll be used to support ongoing research on assisted reproductive techniques which once perfected, will be used for artificial reproduction in rhinos.
The research, which is currently going on in the United States, Germany and Japan, intends to establish a herd of 10 northern white rhinos after five years using in-vitro fertilization.
Poaching and civil wars have decimated not only Africa’s rhino population but a good portion of its other animal populations. To stop (or at least cut back) on the practice of poaching, African governments have began taking strong action, for example, hiring snipers in Kenya to protect rhinos and relocating rhinos in South Africa to Australia to protect them from extinction. Governments of other countries are also playing a part by educating their populations on the dangers of poaching and raising an outcry when an animal is harmed – case in point, Cecil the Lion killed in Zimbabwe by an American dentist. All of these efforts should hopefully increase the populations of some of Africa’s most endangered animals while giving us the satisfaction that, similar to the animals they harm, poachers themselves aren’t going unscathed.