Pressemitteilung | IZW | 10-09-2019

BioRescue consortium gives update and outlook on the northern white rhino recovery programme

Experts from the BioRescue consortium will announce results of its current work and give an outlook on future steps during a press conference held in Cremona (Italy) on September 11, 2019. Journalists are invited and will be provided with all relevant information first hand from specialists.

Jan Stejskal of the Dvůr Králové Zoo (Czech Republic) checks on Fatu, the youngest of the two northern white rhinos on the planet the day before the procedure on Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Photo: Ami Vitale


BioRescue is an international research and conservation consortium with the goal to significantly advance assisted reproduction techniques (ART) and stem cell associated techniques (SCAT) complemented with a comprehensive ethical assessment for the benefit of the northern white rhinoceros. The consortium is partially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). BioRescue aims to achieve preventing the extinction of the northern white rhino. The procedure of collecting eggs in Kenya was conducted in close cooperation with the local project partners Kenya Wildlife Service and Ol Pejeta Conservancy where the last two living northern white rhino females reside.

Where and When

  • Camera Di Commercio Di Cremona (Cremona Chamber of Commerce)
    Piazza Antonio Stradivari, 5, 26100 Cremona CR, Italia
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    10 AM (CEST)


  • Prof. Thomas Hildebrandt
    Head of Department of Reproduction Management, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW)
    BioRescue project head
  • Prof. Cesare Galli
    Director of Avantea Srl
  • Prof. Barbara de Mori
    Director of the Ethics Laboratory for Veterinary Medicine, Conservation and Animal Welfare, University of Padua
  • Jan Stejskal
    Director of Communication and International Projects, Zoo Dvůr Králové

Consortium Partners

Avantea is a laboratory of advanced technologies for biotechnology research and animal reproduction based in Cremona, Italy. Avantea has over twenty years of experience and the know-how in assisted reproduction of livestock developed through years of research conducted in the biomedical and animal reproduction fields.

Dvůr Králové Zoo is a safari park in the Czech Republic. It's one of the best rhino breeders outside of Africa and the only place where the northern white rhino bred in human care. Dvůr Králové Zoo coordinates efforts to save the northern white rhinos.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. It is also home to the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. Ol Pejeta’s cutting edge wildlife security includes a specialised K-9 unit, motion sensor cameras along its solar-powered electric fence, and a dedicated Rhino Protection Unit.

Kenya Wildlife Service is the government institution that conserves and manages wildlife for Kenyans and the world. It also enforces related laws and regulations.

The University of Padua in Italy is one of the oldest in the world. Its Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science is developing leading research and education in the field of wildlife conservation and welfare, with a special focus on ethical assessment and evaluation of research projects and educational programs.

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research (IZW) is an internationally renowned German research institute of the Leibniz Association. Its mission is to examine evolutionary adaptations of wildlife to global change and develop new concepts and measures for conservation. To achieve this, the Leibniz-IZW uses its broad interdisciplinary expertise in conducting research for conservation in close dialogue with the public and stakeholders.


  • Kyushu University, Japan
  • Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany
  • Helmholtz Center Munich, German
  • University of Treamo
  • Northwestern University, USA

Press Contacts

Cesare Galli
Direcor, Avantea
Phone +39 0372 437242

Jan Stejskal
Director of Communication and International Projects, Zoo Dvůr Králové
Phone +420/608 009 072

Elodie Sampéré
Head of PR & Communications, Ol Pejeta Concervancy
Phone +254 / 727 341 612

Paul Udoto
Head of Corporate Communications, Kenya Wildlife Service
Phone +254 / 721 453 9

Marco Milan
Press Office, University of Padua
Phone +39 049 827 3041-3066

Steven Seet
Head of Science Communication, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW)
Phone +49 30 5168125