There is a flicker of hope for the survival of the Northern White rhinoceros in Kenya after a team of scientists and conservationists managed to harvest eggs from the two remaining females and artificially inseminated them.

This subsequently created two viable Northern White rhino embryos at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Chances of successfully producing White rhino offspring have been significantly increased with this procedure because it has proved to be safe and can be performed on a regular basis before the animals become too old.

Cabinet Secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, said: “As a government, we are glad that the Northern White rhino in-vitro fertilisation project by a consortium of scientists and conservationists from Kenya, Czech Republic, Germany and Italy, in a collaborative partnership has been able to successfully produce three pure Northern White rhino embryos ready for implantation into Southern White rhino as surrogate mothers in coming months.”