Thursday, November 10, 2011

Western Black Rhino Poached Out of Existence

Africa's Western Black Rhinoceros was declared officially extinct today.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature surveyed the animal's natural habitat and was unable to find a living specimen. They also added that the Northern White Rhino is "possibly extinct" in the wild, and that the Java Rhino is "probably extinct" in Vietnam, where poachers killed the last one in 2010. There is a small, declining population of Java Rhinos on Java itself.

There is a large scale effort to try and save the remaining Black Rhino species from extinction; only about 4,240 remain in the wild.

Sad news today for a pachyderm lover.

About a quarter of all mammal species remain endangered.

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