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High-tech reproduction methods could save endangered rhino

The last two remaining northern white rhinos, both female
The last two known living northern white rhinos, both female, at Ol-Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Scientists hoping to save the most endangered mammal in the world — the northern white rhinoceros — may have found a way using assisted reproduction technologies (ARTs). Researchers announced Wednesday in Nature Communications that they developed the first hybrid rhinoceros embryo that is ready to be implanted into a surrogate rhino.

Why it matters: There are only 2 northern white rhinos left in the world —both female — after poaching, habitat loss and other factors have caused them to virtually disappear from their African home. Scientists are increasingly turning to creative methods like ARTs to try and save them.