Gallery: Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

 

Africa’s Western black rhino is now officially extinct, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006, the Northern white rhino is also “teetering on the edge of extinction,” and Asia’s Javan Rhino may not be far behind if strong measures are not taken to stem poaching and improve conservation measures. This news comes after IUCN conducted a new review of 60,000 species of animals and plants in order to update the Red List of Threatened Species.

The Southern white rhino faced extinction in the late 1800s until conservation measures were introduced and revived the population. Today some 20,000 southern white rhinos roam the wild, according to CNN.

Had similar measures been implemented for the western black rhino and the northern white rhino, the two species might have thrived, Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission said in a statement.

“These measures must be strengthened now, he said, “specifically managing habitats in order to improve performance, preventing other rhinos from fading into extinction.”

The survey revealed that one quarter of all mammals are at risk of extinction, as are many plant species. And ocean fauna are not faring well either. IUCN reveals that five out of eight tuna species, an apex predator that is essential to a healthy marine ecosystem, are threatened or near threatened.

Also essential natural service providers that form a crucial part of the food chain, 26 newly discovered amphibians are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Jane Smart, director of IUCN’s global species program said in a statement that the latest update offers both good and sobering news.

“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.”

Via CNN

Image of Black rhino and Southern white rhino via Wikipedia

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8 Comments

  1. JOM December 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

    somebody said that the only way to protect an animal species from extinction is to eat it. now i guess he is wrong.

  2. envirogal July 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    no, the problem with people is they are just stupid, selfish and obsessed with getting bigger, harder, more “fertile”… like AS IF we need more humans… what will those men do now that they can’t get their rhino horn? how about hair/fingernail sandwich?

  3. english cheese man english cheese man July 10, 2013 at 7:34 am

    The trouble with people is that we are ignorant of things around us. People don’t look at a product and see the manufacturing involved and the plants harvested. Curing this individualism will fix the problem of greed and destruction.

  4. Karma Gurmyth Bhutia June 30, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Man himself is the worst enemy of mankind and mother nature at large. Nature has enough food and resources to meet every living beings need but not enough for mans greed! A new era will usher in when this extra hunger is gone!

  5. johnrplatt@gmail.com June 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Your CNN source is two years old and the rest of your facts are quite mixed up. The western black rhino was last seen in 2000, declared \\\”likely extinct\\\” in 2006 and finally declared extinct in 2011. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2011/11/15/another-rhino-goes-extinct-other-updates-from-brink/

  6. sharifrw June 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Who to blame? You know who!! Damn \\\”traditional\\\” medicine

  7. Alin Lacea June 27, 2013 at 5:57 am

    It\\\’s not “news” since that press release has been published in 2011.

  8. Mark Chudleigh June 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Tragic ! hate reading news like this . Thanks for the article .

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