Western Black Rhino Now Extinct

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/environment/story/2011-11-10/africa-rhino-extinct/51149676/1 

 Editor Brent Jones of USA Today writes the disappointing news today of the official extinction of the Western Black Rhino of Africa. He blames part of the extinction on the “lack of political support and willpower for conservation efforts” although poaching seems play just as great if not larger, a contributor to the saddening loss of yet another majestic creature.

The extinction of the Western Black Rhino will shortly be followed by the extinction of the Northern White and Javan Rhinos if efforts are acted on more strictly.

Mr. Jones introduces us to The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List which contains almost 62,000 species of plants and animals that are currently monitored by conservationalists.

Although the article was brief, the headlines caught my eyes immediately. I don’t feel this small article was influenced by corporate bias, what do you think?

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One thought on “Western Black Rhino Now Extinct

  1. frozengrrl says:

    Each species is so infinitely complicated and unique, and has taken so long to develop–it just makes me sad that we’ll never see it again. On the other hand, extinction is a natural process. It seems less “natural” when humans escalate the process, though.

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