IVF: The last chance for Kenya’s white rhinos?
07 November 2020 | 1:47 pm
Recently on Focus, we brought you some good news: the story of how Kenya had managed to double its elephant population in the past three decades. But that doesn't change the grim reality of poaching across Africa, pushing many species to the brink of extinction. There are only two of Kenya's northern white rhinos left – mother and daughter – after the last male died in 2018. All is not lost, though, as scientists experiment with in-vitro fertilisation. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24's Emerald Maxwell.
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