Western black rhino declared extinct

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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.

"In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented," Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission said in a statement.

Written By: Matthew Knight
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  1. Extinctions happen all the time, that’s the way evolution works – but it is disgraceful, as well as sad, when humans are not only largely responsible for it, but even at the eleventh hour, could so easily have done something to prevent it.

    Fucking sad indeed…

  2. The sad thing is that conservation CANNOT happen until the people of the DR Congo (democratic my ass) get their act together and stop killing one another. Its a big place these Rhinos are in, I have hope that one day they will be rediscovered, though you might say (and I might agree) that i’m just a nieve optimist.

    • I think it is remarkable that you can make a comment like that, I totally agree. Incidentally, your ‘nieve’ is to be correctly spelt, ‘naive’. I get your point though. In reply to #3 by hinterstella:

      The sad thing is that conservation CANNOT happen until the people of the DR Congo (democratic my ass) get their act together and stop killing one another. Its a big place these Rhinos are in, I have hope that one day they will be rediscovered, though you might say (and I might agree) that i’m just a…

  3. The Article is dated at: 5:57 AM EST, Fri November 11, 2011

    I was going to post my disappointment, when I found that I was unable to post due to comments being closed. All the comments show that they were posted 2 years ago.

    I am at a loss for words. Such a magnificent animal. Incredibly sad.

    • In reply to #5 by Karin2:

      The Article is dated at: 5:57 AM EST, Fri November 11, 2011

      I was going to post my disappointment, when I found that I was unable to post due to comments being closed. All the comments show that they were posted 2 years ago.

      I am at a loss for words. Such a magnificent animal. Incredibly sad.

      Another win for Chinese quack medicine.

  4. Thank you, humanity. Tap yourself on the back for a job well done.

    Again we see that irrational thinking is a major reason for this extinction: belief in the magical healing powers of rhino horn powder.

    People so often ask me why I care about other people believing in supernatural things. Why can’t I keep my opinions to myself and live and let live? And I always tell them that one’s views about reality have a direct connection to the decisions we make. Therefore it matters what we believe in. Bad ideas lead to bad outcomes. Killing endangered animals for their body parts is a case in point.

  5. Whether this is an old article or not the fact remains they are extinct because of Chinese culture and their superstitious beliefs in the power of what are effectively fingernails to make their dicks hard. This kind of thing will continue as there literally a billion or so people who believe this woo woo to be true and want a piece of it. There is no pussy footing around this – the blame for this is at the feet of Chinese culture and it will see the end of other species while they think a hard animal horn means magical penis power. The Chinese have a rich and distinguished history but this is a shameful example of woo woo overtaking humanity.

    Just because this culture is old it doesn’t mean that it is right for the modern world. Culture can evolve too but sadly faith, belief, and religion will always hold that back.

    • Dear Oirish. Well said! In the past few years, I have asked Chinese students at random, mainly in business finance and investment banking, at my local university the following, “How many tigers are there in the wild?” With a bemused look on their smiling faces some replied, “150 . . 400 . . 40,000?” One young lad said, ” about 2 million?”. I give them the latest WWF count of approx 3,500 adults and cubs, and then ask them, “Whats more important if you succeed in becoming rich – buying that big apartment ‘n flashy red BMW or saving the tiger from becoming extinct?” My memetic point being, with the toxic mix of Chinese land-grabbing encroaching on the tigers natural habitats, unrelenting greed and Oriental superstition, the ‘big cat’ will always be under extreme extinction pressure – no matter what the global head count nor in which ‘Protected Reservation’ the tiger roams. ‘m’ In reply to #10 by Eyerish:

      Whether this is an old article or not the fact remains they are extinct because of Chinese culture and their superstitious beliefs in the power of what are effectively fingernails to make their dicks hard. This kind of thing will continue as there literally a billion or so people who believe this wo…

  6. The cognitive capacity which gave us an evolutionary edge is riddled with cognitive biases that make us see patterns where none exist. Only by rational thought processes do we see through the deception. For the majority of the ill-educated masses however, horny items are equitable with strong erections and voices between their ears aren’t their own decoupled thoughts they are the voices of gods. It is not possible to reason with people who do not have the nous to se their own stupidity

    homo has become a plague on the face of this planet. To our shame this is not the first species we have driven to extinction but it needs to be the last.

    • They’ve tried that already: the one child policy, cultural revolution, suppression of dissent etc. None of it worked. There’s still over a billion of them. Though some escaped captivity and now range freely in places where they might be subject to more rational influences.

      In reply to #12 by MelM:

      No captive breeding program for them?

  7. This came as a shock even though I knew about the endangered status.

    The rhinocerous is one of the canonical childhood animals. It seems unthinkable we would eradicate them.

    The infuriating part is stupid old men sending out poachers to kill off the reminaing rhino for their horn as a completely useless folk remedy for erectile dysfunction.

  8. If obtuse, superstitious assholes didn’t believe that “powdered rhinoceros horn” would give them a stiff prick to create more illiterate, superstitious talking apes, we might still have the fucking black rhino.

  9. Once a population gets below a critical level, then without serious human intervention extinction is inevitable. Bottle-necking of populations leads to genetically vulnerable species. Serious genetic therapy could conceivably be used to artificially diversify a small population, but we’re nowhere near that level of technology yet.

    If you’ve got two rhinos left – a male and a female – what you’ve really got are living artifacts from an already extinct species.

  10. These are not the only animals endangered or on the verge of extinction. The road blocks to success with saving life on this planet is money and politics. Plain and simple. To many people worried about paying there own rent. Leads to apathy, and just to many people period. The only thing there is to much of in this world right now seems to be people and wild pigs. Already everything is going off balance we are the ones that can change it. We have to care enough to spread the word and stop supporting those that support this abuse.I have Ideas and I am contacting anyone that will listen.

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