Africa’s Western black rhino officially declared extinct

November 8, 2013 AFRICA Africa’s western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world’s largest conservation network. The subspecies of the black rhino — which is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species — was last seen in western Africa in 2006. The IUCN warns that other rhinos could follow saying Africa’s northern white rhino is “teetering on the brink of extinction” while Asia’s Javan rhino is “making its last stand” due to continued poaching and lack of conservation. “In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented,” Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission said in a statement. This update offers both good and bad news on the status of many species around the world. “These measures must be strengthened now, specifically managing habitats in order to improve performance, preventing other rhinos from fading into extinction,” Stuart added. The IUCN points to conservation efforts which have paid off for the southern white rhino subspecies which have seen populations rise from less than 100 at the end of the 19th century to an estimated wild population of 20,000 today. –CNN
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40 Responses to Africa’s Western black rhino officially declared extinct

  1. Pazuzu says:

    The article doesn’t say what people were poaching yhem for.


    • They are poached for their horns…


    • Kimm says:

      Their horns & $$$$$, Pazuzu?? Not very hard to figure out, now that they are all gone, what will be the next animal to suffer & become extinct at the hands of Unhumane humanes. I can’t handle this, Now my Childrens children an so on, will never, ever, get to see one of these Beautiful creatures unless it is a picture or a movie, GOD give’s us the Wonderous Creatures and ignorant people take them away, kill em all a slow death, the humanes responsible for their extinction.


      • George Noble says:

        It’s all about our addictions to all our civilized comforts……and consumption and throw away lifestyles……and insular, alienated lives. How many of us live in self sufficient communities? We are ever needing to usurp more land, trees, mining and oil resources…..fresh water. Even those few remaining indigenous tribes living far from “civilization” are at risk of becoming extinct. THEN who would we learn from?… to return to and become a part of the natural world once again? Those of us who survive must learn to do this. I suggest doing a series of Vision Quests, for guidance on finding your way to help remedy this. Becoming a healer, educator, shamanic practitioner.


      • Dean Romano says:

        The Chinese Government and others are supporting this so the bad guys the poachers do it for the money. In which I agree with you. It is bad, and sad, and tragic. There should be much more conservation efforts put into place to stop this.


    • roy bowers says:

      because no horns are available, certain people will have to suffer thru their infirmities.


    • marco sparfigola says:



    • Erin Fagan says:

      Because everyone knows…


  2. Tammy says:

    How many more animals have to become extinct before this world wakes up! This kind of news are so very sad 😦


  3. kenkisan says:

    My blood went cold. A shiver that lasted to long went through me. There’s nothing right.


  4. Jessica says:

    I was really sad to hear about this. I just wanted to know if there are any left in captivity.


  5. Ockeghem says:

    I am really, really sorry about this… And it happened two years ago. How sad.


  6. Joe says:

    Terrible news… I wish these animals would be okay..


  7. Jamie says:

    There are still hundreds of Black Rhinos, living today in Africa. The problem is people are taking over land with development, and they are poaching them for meat, fat, and their horns. To conserve land for Rhinos, means the lack of land for other animals…it’s a never winning battle. The World Wildlife Fund will likely step up, just like they have done for Pandas and Polar Bears.


  8. A spear entered another part of our human anatomy! Take a minute to feel it.


  9. Well on the black market the chinese pay big money for the horns since the locals have no money they poach them. So we can thank china and the locals and the rest of the world for not stopping this. It’s a shame that animal is killed just for its horns no other reason greed


  10. Rich says:

    Why don’t we just adopt a mandatory “shoot-on-sight” and “execution upon conviction” policy towards poachers? Make it deadly enough and maybe they will think twice – “is the money worth my life?”


  11. Thanks again chinese medicine. Such delusional crap!


  12. maria morgan says:

    “The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though it’s first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be seen again.”
    –William Beebe, 1906


  13. Dave says:

    Who cares What ever I am glad there are no more dinosaurs left in this world rhinos are just another big ugly worthless beast the only good part of a rhino is there horns so get over it.


  14. luke says:

    thanks china!


  15. Kurt Wagner says:

    And elephants are next, is it true they killed 2,500 last year, what a shame.


  16. Shaun says:

    They should have a death penalty for anyone that pooches or kills these sorts of animals as when they are gone its going to affect the world faster and in different ways than they think


  17. Ankit Wadhwa says:

    @Dave: Maybe others say the same about you and teeth (in case you don’t have horns)… 😀
    May god bless us with light and sense!


  18. Nate Sykes says:

    I’m personally extremly against poaching, but one thing that people never seem to realize is not everything that is poached is poached just for the purchase of being sold on the black market. Some people that live in africa have no other way to get money to support there family. so in there eyes it is either poaching or survival.


  19. bobby90247 says:

    IS the world any worse off for ALL the various species of animals that have already become extinct? NOPE!

    SO, if this “Black Rhino” becomes extinct, exactly what’s going to happen to the Earth? REALLY! The ONLY people that are going to “miss” it are those paying THE POACHERS FOR THEIR “HORNS!!!”

    For the rest of the World…”LIFE GOES ON!!!”


    • kdt says:

      i doubt the “WORLD” would miss HUMANS! the Earth will survive just fine without US as well. (and honestly, i feel that we’re well on our way to causing our own extinction.)


  20. Rick says:

    “Few problems are less recognized, but more important than, the accelerating disappearance of the earth’s biological resources. In pushing other species to extinction, humanity is busy sawing off the limb on which it is perched.” ~ Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915) Co-Winner of the 1908 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology

    Note his year of death. He recognized this issue a century ago!


  21. susan hitchcock says:

    WOW, This is so sad, its to bad they wait so long to do something about it. Now, its to late. So, which animal is next? Its to bad that Africa doesn’t care about their animals.
    How sad.


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