Rhino getting help from Tinder dating app


April 26, 2017
FILE In this Monday Dec. 21, 2009 file photo, Sudan, a northern white rhino, arrives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale, File)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP):

The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive.

"I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me," the rhino's profile says. "I perform well under pressure."

The campaign, called The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World, by a Kenyan wildlife conservancy and the dating app, focuses on the rhino named Sudan.

The 43-year-old and his last two female companions are unable to breed naturally because of issues that include old age.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the app aim to raise US$9 million for research into breeding methods, including in-vitro fertilisation, in an effort to save the species from extinction.