Saturday, May 11, 2013

Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct

Western Black Rhino

by Blake Deppe / People’s World 

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Africa’s western black rhino is now officially extinct. After being a victim of increasingly devastating poaching and seeing little to no conservation efforts, the species is now gone, and others – including the northern white rhino and Asia’s Javan rhino – are expected to swiftly follow unless efforts to stop the senseless killing of them prevail.

The black rhino had not been seen in West Africa since 2006, and had been on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species since then.  Read Full Story

These animals have gone extinct since the start of the 21st century. The Baiji Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) , West African Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis longipes) , The Golden Toad (Bufo periglenes) , Spix's Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) , Po'o-uli (Melamposops phaeosoma) , Kama'o (Myadestes myadestinus) , Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis) , Pyrenean Ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica).

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