A rare northern white rhino has gone onto the Tinder dating app in an attempt to keep his species alive.

Sudan, the world’s last surviving male animal of his kind, is described as loving the outdoors and enjoying travel.

His listing says: "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. 6ft tall and 5,000 pounds if it matters."

His owner, the Ol Pejeta conservation refuge in Kenya, hopes to raise awareness of the precarious position the species is in.

But it also hopes to raise cash for an artificial insemination programme that may allow Sudan to have the children he has so far been unable to.

The $9m they need would pay to get Sudan’s sperm to fertilise eggs provided by the two last surviving female white rhinos, either 17-year-old Satu or 27-year-old Najin.

If Sudan’s sperm cannot be used, they will use stored semen from another dead animal.

The resulting embryo would then be implanted in a surrogate southern white rhino, a much more common species.

Sudan is 43, which is ancient for a white rhino, and keepers fear he may die or be killed before he can find a mate.

He is in such danger because white rhino horn costs up to £50,000 a kilo – something that has led the species to the brink of extinction.

Just hours after Sudan went online, the webpage crashed due to the number of hits.

(c) Sky News 2017: Last remaining male rhino goes on Tinder to highlight crisis

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