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25/04/2017 4:20 PM AEST | Updated 25/04/2017 6:44 PM AEST

Sudan -- The Last Male Northern White Rhino -- Is Now On Tinder

He's one of the most protected males on the planet and he's looking for love.

You'll definitely want to swipe right on this one, he's a keeper.

Meet Sudan, the last male northern white rhino who's now on Tinder and hoping to raise some much needed funds to help save his species from extinction.

"I'm one of a kind," his profile reads.

"No seriously, I'm the last male white rhino on planet earth. I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of my species literally depends on me. I perform well under pressure. I like to eat grass and chill in the mud. No problems.

"6 ft tall and 5,000lbs if it matters."

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy / Tinder

The 43-year-old bachelor is currently living with two other northern white female rhinos, Najin and Fatu, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where he is surrounded by armed guards who protect him from poachers 24-hours a day.

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.

"This represents the last option to save the species after all previous breeding attempts proved futile," Ricahrd Vigne, the Conservancy's CEO, said.

"The plight that currently faces the northern white rhinos is a signal to the impact that humankind is having on many thousands of other species across the planet.

Siegfried Modola / Reuters
Only three northern white rhinos are known to be in existence.

The Conservancy and Tinder have partnered together to raise funds for ongoing research into Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) that could potentially achieve successful pregnancies and gradually build up a viable herd of northern white rhinos.

"Saving the northern white rhinos is critical if we are to, one day, reintroduce rhinos back into Central Africa," Vigne said.

"They contain unique genetic traits that confer upon them the ability to survive in this part of Africa."

The ongoing research, which is being carried out in the U.S., Germany and Japan, hopes to establish a herd of 10 northern white rhinos after five years using in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

"I would not be surprised if Mr Sudan turned out to be one of our most Right Swiped users," Tinder's Matt David said.


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