#1 Posted by umbrafeline (5300 posts) - - Show Bio

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/news/western-black-rhino-officially-extinct-150259815.html

The western black rhino has officially become extinct, reports CNN. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which compiles an annual Red List of Threatened Species, this subspecies of the African rhinoceros was last spotted in 2006.

The two greatest threats facing the western black rhino, the report notes, have been increased poaching and a lack of conservation efforts. According to a statement released by the IUCN, rhino poaching shot up by almost 50 percent between 2011 and 2012, with nearly 2,400 killed by hunters across Africa since 2006.

“Well-organized and well-funded crime syndicates are continuing to feed the growing black market with rhino horn,” said Mike Knight, chairman of the Species Survival Commission's African Rhino Specialist Group, in the statement.

The IUCN, the world’s largest conservation network, also warned that Africa’s northern white rhino and Asia’s Javan rhino could face similar fates if preventive measures are not taken immediately.

Such conservation efforts have paid off in the past, the group says. The southern white rhino was threatened by extinction in the late 19th century, but conservation measures, which included the maintenance of their natural habitats, helped revive the dwindling population to an estimated 20,000.

The IUCN also cited the importance of political participation in making these efforts work.

"The rhino community is encouraged by the signing of a recent Memorandum of Understanding between South Africa and Vietnam to address the rhino poaching epidemic as well as other conservation issues," said Simon Stuart, chair of the group's Species Survival Commission. "However, it needs to be reinforced with tangible government action on both sides."

THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, YOU GREEDY HUMANS!!!!!!!

#2 Edited by AweSam (7373 posts) - - Show Bio

On to the next species.

#3 Posted by JohnnyGat (1563 posts) - - Show Bio

My money is on some type of Avian creature

#4 Posted by joshmightbe (24878 posts) - - Show Bio

How about we just start executing poachers, not like standard execution tho, let then be tracked down and shot and then have someone sell there teeth as cheap trinkets or boner pills.

#5 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (33069 posts) - - Show Bio
#6 Edited by Saren (25618 posts) - - Show Bio

Western black rhino killed my uncle, don't expect me to have any sympathy for those bastards.

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#7 Posted by Aiden Cross (15562 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh.. Hopefully we've kept the DNA and are able to clone them in the future. There have been reports on it that it's possible. Though that's no excuse for poachers of course.

Sad sad news all around :(

#8 Posted by Cezar_TheScribe (2614 posts) - - Show Bio

They have said this about many animals that have been found later not to be extinct.

Hope that is the case this time.

#9 Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf (7029 posts) - - Show Bio

Time for the mass extinction of humanity *goes grab nuke*

#10 Posted by dccomicsrule2011 (24149 posts) - - Show Bio

Western black rhino killed my uncle, don't expect me to have any sympathy for those bastards.

Really? I'm sorry to hear that )=

#11 Posted by KnightRise (4785 posts) - - Show Bio

F*ck.

#12 Posted by joshmightbe (24878 posts) - - Show Bio

Western black rhino killed my uncle, don't expect me to have any sympathy for those bastards.

That's like winning the worst lotto ever (Oh and if you aren't kidding I'm really sorry for this post.)

#13 Posted by theTimeStreamer (2841 posts) - - Show Bio

i shall be concerned when chicken becomes extinct. pointless creatures do not interest me.

#14 Posted by AweSam (7373 posts) - - Show Bio
#15 Posted by dccomicsrule2011 (24149 posts) - - Show Bio
#16 Posted by Cezar_TheScribe (2614 posts) - - Show Bio

i shall be concerned when chicken becomes extinct. pointless creatures do not interest me.

Pointless? Shame on you.

#17 Posted by joshmightbe (24878 posts) - - Show Bio

@thetimestreamer: Well human beings aren't particularly useful considering we've done far more harm to this planet than anything else and haven't really adding anything in the process

#18 Posted by MyNameWasDeleted (679 posts) - - Show Bio

How about we just start executing poachers, not like standard execution tho, let then be tracked down and shot and then have someone sell there teeth as cheap trinkets or boner pills.

joshmightbe a GENIUS!!!

#19 Posted by Nefarious (19777 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't believe this.

#20 Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub (5019 posts) - - Show Bio

Poachers should be shot. I'll use their bones as decoration.

#21 Posted by drgnx (3562 posts) - - Show Bio

Western black rhino killed my uncle, don't expect me to have any sympathy for those bastards.

Ouch, always sad to hear. Still, I would never have guessed that you would condemn the whole species for the action of 1.

#22 Posted by Saren (25618 posts) - - Show Bio

Wasn't serious.....

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#23 Posted by WaveMotionCannon (5386 posts) - - Show Bio
#24 Edited by CharlieJade (422 posts) - - Show Bio
#25 Edited by The Stegman (23987 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, it happens, Darwin at work.

#26 Posted by hart7668 (2294 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, how important to the ecosystem were they really though? It's not like they were a keystone species.

#27 Edited by XImpossibruX (5171 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, it happens, Darwin at work.

optimistic i guess.

#28 Posted by SoA (4777 posts) - - Show Bio

sad.

#29 Edited by King Saturn (224033 posts) - - Show Bio

Black People are going Extinct ?

#30 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (7738 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn shame.

#31 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

:(

#32 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio

Good to Know that wherever a rare animal exists humans will find and kill it off.

#33 Posted by drgnx (3562 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't worry folks, there plenty of other animals for hunters and poachers to kill!

#34 Edited by russellmania77 (15024 posts) - - Show Bio

I ate it

#35 Posted by Dragonborn_CT (21898 posts) - - Show Bio

#36 Posted by russellmania77 (15024 posts) - - Show Bio

Because it was delicious