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SOS Rhino : In the News : Pulling species from the brink

Pulling species from the brink

  There are only thirteen northern white rhinos left in the world. The species is hovering on the brink of extinction. But three men are pushing forward the frontiers of science to try to save them.

Thomas Hildebrandt and his team, from the Berlin Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research, are world leaders in using artificial reproduction to breed rare elephants, rhinos and even komodo dragons.

Their work has never been more urgent. Throughout the history of Earth 99% of all species which ever existed have disappeared. It is called the natural rate of extinction.

But now scientists think human activity is causing species to go extinct at up to 10,000 times this rate. Many claim the last time this happened was 65 billion years ago, when the dinosaurs went extinct.


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