Another One Bites the Dust
Well, there’s one less big, awesome, incredible animal in the world to worry about. Thanks, humans.
Apparently the last time this magnificent creature was spotted in the wild, and not mounted on someone’s wall was in 2006.
Africa’s western black rhino is now officially extinct according to the world’s largest conservation network - the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which maintains a Red List of Threatened Species.
There is both good and bad news for other animals under the watchful eye of the IUCN.
Africa’s northern white rhino, and Asia’s Java rhino are teetering on the brink of extinction also.
“These measures must be strengthened now, specifically managing habitats in order to improve performance, preventing other rhinos from fading into extinction,” Stuart added.
The latest update reviews more than 60,000 species. Their conclusion? 25% of mammals on the list are at risk of extinction.
And plants aren’t doing much better. Of 79 tropical plants in the Indian Ocean archipelago that were studied, more than three quarters of them were at risk of extinction.
Jane Smart, director of the IUCN said in a statement, “We have the knowledge that conservation works if executed in a timely manner, yet, without strong political will in combination with targeted efforts and resources, the wonders of nature and the services it provides can be lost forever.”