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July 13, 2006

West African Black Rhino: Gone Forever Environment

The West African black rhino apparently is no more. BBC:

The West African black rhino appears to have become extinct, according to the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

A mission to their last known habitat in northern Cameroon failed to find any rhinos or signs of their existence.

The sub-species has declined in recent decades due primarily to poaching, which has also brought the northern white rhino close to extinction. [...]

But after two decades of warnings, the western black rhino has apparently met its final end, according to the findings of an extensive expedition by three specialists earlier this year. [...]

"They did, however, come across lots of evidence of poaching, and that's the disconcerting thing." [Emphasis added]

So very sad. Is this the best we can do?

Posted by Jonathan at July 13, 2006 05:13 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb