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Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct By One Wildlife Group

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature said that the Western Black Rhino is extinct, the Northern White Rhino of central Africa is "possibly extinct" in the wild and the Javan Rhino is "probably extinct" in Vietnam.

According to them, rhinos are dropping like flies.

Mostly due to poaching. Like how the last wild Javan Rhino was killed in Vietnam.

The group made a statement, giving a reason for the rapid decline in the rhino population:

"A lack of political support and willpower for conservation efforts in many rhino habitats, international organized crime groups targeting rhinos and increasing illegal demand for rhino horns and commercial poaching are the main threats faced by rhinos."

There is some opposition though. The World Wildlife Fund estimated that there were 4,240 black rhinos still alive.

Maybe the International Union for Conservation of Nature jumped the gun on this one.

At least we hope they did.

Save the rhinos!

[Image via AP Images.]

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