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World’s rarest rhinos mating on Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy

21/06/2012 09:14:38

Suni and Najin have mated twice in the last few weeks: on April 25th and on May 27th! This gives a glimmer of hope for the critically endangered northern white rhino subspecies

It's been almost 10 years since Najin last mated!

June 2012. Najin is one of the four northern white rhinos (there are only 8 known to exist anywhere in the world) on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy moved from the Czech Republic in 2009 in hopes that returning to Africa would induce normal behaviour and encourage breeding. As predicted, Najin has finally come on oestrus and has been mated twice in the past few months!

The 25th of April was a huge milestone in the race to save the northern white rhino subspecies from extinction - Najin mated for the first time on Ol Pejeta. The staff had been waiting for this mating for a while as four weeks earlier, on the 27th of March, Najin and Suni showed their first real interest in each other. Their courtship lasted close to 12 hours.

Second mating
The mating in April wasn't the last one. 32 days later, on the 27th of May, Najin and Suni mated again. These mating activities provide a glimmer of hope for the critically endangered northern white rhino subspecies, especially as Najin has proven breeding potential having given birth before. The last northern white rhino breeding was in 2000 when Najin gave birth to daughter Fatu. With Najin now cycling normally the future seems brighter for the subspecies.

There was some mating recorded in 2011, but it proved fruitless.

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