CREW Works with Rhinos
Through their research, CREW scientists have become world experts on the reproductive physiology of Sumatran and Indian rhinos. In an effort to increase animal numbers and improve genetic diversity, CREW uses science and technology to achieve numerous reproductive breakthroughs in these highly endangered Asian rhinos.
Indian Rhino Breeding Methods
CREW scientists go high-tech with assisted reproductive technology to successfully produce pregnancies via artificial insemination in the endangered Indian rhino.
The endangered Indian rhino lacks genetic diversity in the captive population. To overcome this challenge, CREW scientists studied the reproductive physiology and established the first successful pregnancy in an Indian rhino through artificial insemination of frozen-thawed sperm. With this scientific breakthrough, it is now possible to produce offspring from behaviorally incompatible Indian rhino pairs and allow new genetic material to be introduced in captive populations globally.
To further ensure captive breeding success and minimize aggression between male and female Indian rhinos, CREW scientists use hormone analysis to correctly time breeding introductions for rhino pairs living at other AZA institutions. With less than 2,500 wild Indian rhinos existing in northern India and southern Nepal, continued protection and law enforcement will also be necessary for their survival.
“The Script” Performs at a Benefit for CREW
The Irish band, “The Script”, gave an acoustical performance to benefit CREW. Band members Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power were given a special behind the scenes tour of the rhino barn and met the world famous Indian rhinos at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Most important, the Script learned how CREW is Saving Rhinos with Science. In addition to feeding the rhinos, the Script was presented with a special painting that Nikki the Indian rhino had created for them. Using her semiprehensile lip, Nikki used paint in the colors of the Irish flag to create a one of a kind masterpiece for the band.