Rhino Embryos – level 3

17-09-2019 07:00

There are five rhino species on the planet, and all of them are considered threatened. One of the largest threats is poaching – poachers hunt rhinos because there is a market for their horns in Asia.

The most endangered rhino species is the northern white rhino. Sudan was the last male northern white rhino, and he died in 2018. Since then, there are only two of these rhinos left, and they are both female. However, there is still hope for the rhino.

Last Wednesday, people reported that an international group of scientists successfully collected mature eggs from the two female rhinos, fertilized them using sperm from two males (who are now dead), and they created two northern white rhino embryos. These embryos could save the species from extinction.

Difficult words: species (a kind of animal), threatened (in danger of dying out), poach (to illegally hunt or catch animals).

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