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World's last male rhino getting help from Tinder dating app

World's last male rhino getting help from Tinder dating app

Starting today, users on the app will see Sudan's profile pop up among their choice of potential dates.

In an interview with Mashable, a Tinder spokesperson said: "As a platform that makes millions of meaningful connections every day, raising awareness about Sudan the Rhino and the importance of finding his match seemed like something we could support in a really impactful way".

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy has partnered with Tinder, the world's leading social app for meeting new people, to launch a new campaign to raise awareness about "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World" named Sudan.

Northern white rhino horns are sold by poachers for $50,000 (£39,000) per kilo, which makes them more valuable than gold.

The rhinos have been unable to breed naturally for a number of reasons, including old age, however there are still 17,000 other female white rhinos still out there for Sudan to meet.

If a user swipes right on Sudan, they'll be given a link to a donation page to contribute toward the $9 million goal. I perform well under pressure. Sudan lives his bachelor life at Ol Pejeta Conservancy with his two female northern white rhino counterparts, Najin and Fatu.

Looking for love! Kenya's last male northern white rhino Sudan joins dating application
Kenya's last male northern white rhino Sudan joins Tinder

In a bid to ensure his specie's continued survival, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy group joined hands with Tinder to raise the money required for the ongoin conservation species.

CEO of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Richard Vigne, said: "Saving the northern white rhinos is critical if we are to, one day, reintroduce rhinos back into Central Africa. Ultimately, the aim will be to reintroduce a viable population of northern white rhino back into the wild which is where their true value will be realised".

Once the money is raised, Sudan's sperm will be used to fertilise an egg from one of the females before the embryo is implanted in a surrogate southern white rhino, which is a more common species.

Orangutans and bonobos at a Dutch zoo are now turning to dating technology to find the right mate.

But, tablet screens aren't yet strong enough to withstand a swipe from an orangutan, and even those reinforced with a steel frame have met an untimely end.

'After seeing the photos, the monkeys have to push a button on the screen, ' the park said.

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