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No one understands how some of the most endangered species on earth make babies better than JoGayle. She’s a specialist in breeding rare animals in captivity, but most of all she’s a reproductive detective – tackling the most notoriously difficult breeders, and redefining what is known about their physiology. She’s called The Queen of Sperm for a reason. Of the world’s 5,000 mammal species, nearly one quarter are facing extinction – one animal every year. Across the globe, the story is eerily familiar. Poaching, poisoning, critical habitat loss. It’s a race against time.
From the birth of the National Zoo’s beloved baby panda, Tai Shan, to breeding black-footed ferrets back from the very brink of extinction; we track JoGayle’s vast contributions to animal reproduction. We follow her as she takes sperm samples from an 18 month-old cheetah donor and artificially inseminate a female cheetah too reluctant to breed on her own. Severely in-bred, cheetah numbers could dwindle down to nothing without procedures like this one that optimize the gene pool. It’s the story of birth and rebirth, of ingenuity and persistence and of one unstoppable, pioneering vet who changed the world by restoring what was lost.
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