Praise Scientists Trying to Save Black Rhinos

Richard Ruggiero:USFWS_Black Rhino

Target: Dr. Charles Murry, Member of The Black Rhino Genome Project

Goal: Praise researchers for starting campaign that could save black rhinos.

A crowdfunding campaign has been started to sequence the genome of the black rhinoceros in an attempt to save them from poachers. Sequencing their genome may help scientists create lab-grown horns that could be used to flood the black markets and eliminate the demand for poaching.

A team of researchers collectively known as The Black Rhino Genome Project has started the crowdfunding campaign, which exceeded its goal of $16,500 the first week in order to get the project off the ground. Scientists will sequence the genome of a black rhino named Ntombi, who is one of only 5,055 black rhinos alive in the world. By sequencing Ntombi’s genome, scientists will be able to advance their understanding of the black rhinoceros and hopefully help save their dwindling numbers.

Dr. Charles Murry, Director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) and key member of The Black Rhino Genome Project, is confident that this research will lead to making lab-grown horns that will be indistinguishable from real black rhino horns and drive down the need for poachers.

Black rhinos play a critical role in our ecosystem and the illegal trade of rhino horns is a huge problem. Efforts to protect the black rhino are admirable, but this research could be the key to reviving the black rhino’s numbers and putting an end to poaching black rhinos. We need to understand a complete genome and the Black Rhinoceros Genome Project is looking to fix this problem. This research could even lead to reviving the three currently extinct black rhinoceros subspecies. Please sign the petition below to thank scientists for their efforts to save the black rhinoceros.


Dear Dr. Charles Murry,

I am writing to you to thank you for your efforts to save the black rhinoceros by sequencing their genome. By understanding their genome, we could potentially save the species and other currently extinct black rhinoceros subspecies.

The Black Rhino Genome Project is off to a good start with many funding its campaign. It is important that this crowdfunding campaign is successful so that we can help boost the numbers of black rhinos. With only 5,055 black rhinos left in the wild, our time is running out.

Black rhinos play a vital role in our ecosystem and poachers have lowered their numbers by selling their horns on the black market. By sequencing the genome of the black rhino, we could create lab-grown horns that will make poaching useless and boost black rhino numbers.

Thank you once again for playing such an important role in helping the black rhino through The Black Rhino Genome Project.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Richard Ruggiero/USFWS

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