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?