The Last Male Northern White Rhino In The World Has Joined Tinder
Sudan, 43, Kenya. 6ft tall. Loves grass and chill. Fate of species literally depends on me.
While this may sound like the desperate plea of a horny man during the apocalypse, it’s actually the dating profile of Tinder’s newest hopeful romantic.
Meet Sudan, the world’s last male white northern rhino and, according to his keepers at the Ol Pejeta conservancy, the ‘world’s most eligible bachelor’.
You can watch a report on his plight below:
Sudan’s Tinder profile on the popular dating app reads:
I’m one of a kind. No seriously. I’m the last male white rhino on planet earth. I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of my species literally depends on me.
I perform well under pressure. I like to eat grass and chill in the mud. No problems. 6 ft tall and 5,000 pounds if it matters.
But Sudan, the 43-year-old rhino (which is about 100 in human years) who has been dubbed a ‘modern day unicorn’, is not looking for the warm embrace of a woman.
He just needs your help.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy has teamed up with Tinder and Ogilvy & Mather in a campaign aimed at raising awareness about Sudan’s plight and raising the nine million dollars to explore technologies needed to protect the northern white rhino from extinction.
All attempts to get Sudan to mate naturally have failed, unsurprisingly.
After all, the guy is reaching his twilight years and the weight of an entire species is a lot of pressure under which to perform – let alone his two prospective mates, 17-year-old Satu and 27-year-old Najin.
Elodie Sampere, the marketing manager at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta conservancy, said:
We tried everything to get them to mate naturally. When he first tried to mount the girls, the rangers guided him… But it is difficult with a rhino.
We removed them from a zoo environment, which was not conducive to natural instincts, and put them in a semi-wild environment. There were a couple of matings, but it never resulted in a pregnancy.
Status of rhino conservation in Ol Pejeta.
Posted by Ol Pejeta Conservancy on Thursday, 22 September 2016
Scientists are hoping to use Sudan’s unique sperm to fertilise a northern white rhino egg, and implant the embryo into a surrogate southern white rhino; a much more common species.
Ol Pejeta’s emotional plea reads:
Humans were responsible for the steep decline in the numbers of the northern whites; this is our chance at redemption.
Conservationists note the northern white rhino horn is still sold on the black market by poachers for $50,000 per kilo. They are more valuable to evil collectors than gold or cocaine.
A swipe right on Sudan’s Tinder profile directs users to the Ol Pejeta donation page.
Sudan is proving popular with Tinder users in 140 countries and across 90 languages. After his profile was live for just a day, the Ol Pejeta website crashed.
Rhino’s got game.