Recently we learned that the animals in your profile photos can change people’s perceptions (for example, puppies make men 24% sexier). But what if you came across a profile photo that was only an animal—let’s say a 6’ tall, 5,000-lb white northern rhino because he is a 6’ tall, 5,000-lb. white northern rhino? Would you swipe right on that guy?
Please say yes. The conservationists at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya have recently teamed up with Tinder with the hope of raising both funds and awareness for the nearly-extinct species. The rhino, named Sudan, is the very last male white northern rhino on the entire planet, effectively making him “the most eligible bachelor in the world.”
Although there are two female white northern rhinos, Sudan has not been able to naturally procreate with them. So science is pulling out the final stop: IVF. The problem? The operation—which will cost between $9 to $10 million dollars—has never been performed on rhinos, and there’s no guarantee of success. But with only one male left, conservationists feel they have nothing to lose.
Sudan’s bio reads, “I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me. I perform well under pressure… 6ft (183cm) tall and 5,000lb (2,268kg) if it matters.” Any user that comes across Sudan’s profile (it will populate in 190 countries and over 40 languages!) will be able to donate money to his fundraiser.
“We hope that you will agree this is worth trying,” said Elodie Sampere of Ol Pjeta Conservency. “Should any funds remain after success or failure, then the committee set up to safeguard the northern white future will reinvest those monies into protecting the world’s remaining rhino species.”
If you’ve already found true love (hi Jeff!) and have no need for Tinder, you can donate on Sudan’s GoFundMe page.
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