Western Black Rhinoceros Officially Extinct

Picture: Vassil (PD)

Picture: Vassil (PD)

I shouted out, “Who killed the [Black Rhino]?”
When after all, It was you and me..

Chalk another one up to humanity…

Via CNN:

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.

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  • Town Destroyer

    Horrible! At this rate humanity’s day will come sooner rather than later I think.

  • echar

    It’s stuff like this that makes me think how awful humans can be.

  • BuzzCoastin

    too bad humans don’t understand that they’re “critically endangered” too

  • Haystack

    Last species on the planet wins!

  • bobbiethejean

    Nnnaawwww. Humans aren’t having any effect on the planet! /sarcasm.

  • Marz Nova

    Absolutely disgusting.

  • John R Platt

    That CNN report — much Tweeted these past few weeks — is from 2011. The western black rhino was last seen roughly in 2000 and declared “likely extinct” in 2006. Scientists gave up hope in 2011. Since 2006 we’ve also lost the Javan rhino subspecies in Vietnam and several others are on their way out. The northern white rhino is down to its last seven individuals, none of which are breeding. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2011/11/15/another-rhino-goes-extinct-other-updates-from-brink/

  • Travis Porter

    Yeah, this was “news” back in 2011. A simple google search on “western black rhino” will have links from Nov. 2011. But here’s the wiki article anyway and it has Nov. 2011 as the date as well.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_black_rhinoceros