The Western Black Rhino Is Officially Extinct Thanks To Humans

western black rhino
western black rhino

In tragic news, the last of the African Western Black rhino is extinct.  The last time the species was seen was in 2006.

Conservation methods have greatly improved, according to researchers, for other near-extinct animals, but it came too late for the Western Black Rhino

According to NBC Atlanta Local News:

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.

“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.

Another success can be seen with the Przewalski’s Horse which was listed as “extinct in the wild” in 1996 but now, thanks to a captive breeding program, has an estimated population of 300.

The latest update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reviews more than 60,000 species, concluding that 25% of mammals on the list are at risk of extinction.

Many plants are also under threat, say the IUCN.

Populations of Chinese fir, a conifer which was once widespread throughout China and Vietnam, is being threatened by the expansion of intensive agriculture according to the IUCN.

A type of yew tree (taxus contorta) found in Asia which is used to produce Taxol (a chemotherapy drug) has been reclassified from “vulnerable” to “endangered” on the IUCN Red List, as has the Coco de Mer — a palm tree found in the Seychelles islands — which is at risk from fires and illegal harvesting of its kernels.

Recent studies of 79 tropical plants in the Indian Ocean archipelago revealed that more than three quarters of them were at risk of extinction.

In the oceans, the IUCN reports that five out of eight tuna species are now “threatened” or “near threatened,” while 26 recently-discovered amphibians have been added to the Red List including the “blessed poison frog” (classified as vulnerable) while the “summers’ poison frog” is endangered.

“This update offers both good and bad news on the status of many species around the world,” Jane Smart, director of IUCN’s global species program said in a statement.

“We have the knowledge that conservation works if executed in a timely manner, yet, without strong political will in combination with targeted efforts and resources, the wonders of nature and the services it provides can be lost forever.”

  • Avyi

    Sad yes…but they have been extinct since 2011.
    “The western black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis longipes) or West African black rhinoceros was a subspecies of the black rhinoceros, declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011.”

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    So, Are we supposed to believe that the trigger happy millionaire whom paid to ‘put the elder male Black Rhino’ down, in the name of ‘conservation’ failed at keeping the species alive with his askew logic?!

    Every day species are disappearing, due to toxins, poaching, environmental habitats being excavated for more Human crap. A very good example of how species can disappear so quickly, even without the poisoned waters, and poachers, is The DoDo…(which went extinct within mere months of being discovered) or the Carrier Pigeon, which used to be a pest in the early part of the last century, when humans discovered that they were not only edible, but easy to catch, and plenty to go around. They were extinct within a year…a year where there was once millions, to the last remaining few, which were not deemed important to be saved.

    If only Humans, (I am looking at you hunters, poachers, and most importantly those whom pay the aforementioned) to kill for the Rhino horn; Ancient Chinese secret form of Viagra, which has never been scientifically proven to work, or even the Black bear bile collected from the gallbladders–yet another Asian ‘medicine’ akin to dogmeat, sharkfins, and anything else that represents ‘power’ and ‘strength’ and just happens to be a living animal, when a human can kill and use it to placebo themselves into being the reason behind it all.