Posted by: baworldtraveler | November 14, 2011

Africa’s Western Black Rhino – “Poached Out of Existence”

I am saddened by the news that yet another species has been declared extinct, the Western Black Rhino (also known as the Western Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis longipes) or West African Black Rhinoceros.) In the past it had primarily been found in Cameroon. No more. 

Watch the  informative 3 minute National Geographic YouTube video about the Black Rhino. The video (uploaded April 2008) brings out a few simple points about the Black Rhino. 1. The only preditor the back rhinos in the wild have are HUMANS! 2. Some humans use their horns for decoration, medicinal cures, and as an aphrodisiac. 3. Since the 1970’s the numbers of black rhinos have dropped 95% due to loss of habitat and poaching.

It seems that humans should be the protectors of animal species that share our planet, especially those at risk of becoming extinct. Yet, once again, not enough steps were taken, support given, or will to protect it existed….

Click here to read one of the articles about it. (“Poached Out of Existence”)

The following information on the Western Black Rhinoceros is from Wikipedia .(

The Western Black Rhinoceros was heavily hunted in the beginning of the 20th century, but the population rose in the 1930s after preservation actions were taken. As protection efforts declined over the years so did the number of Western Black rhinos. By 1980 the population was in the hundreds. Poaching continued and by 2000 only an estimated 10 survived. In early 2006 an intensive survey of northern Cameroon (the last remaining habitat of the species) found none, but efforts to locate any surviving individuals continued.[3] The illegal poaching, limited anti-poaching efforts, failure of courts to hand down sentences to punish poachers and more all contributed to the species’ eventual demise. No animals are known to be held in captivity. In November 2011, the subspecies was declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.[1]

For your convenience, some links to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ‘s web site follow.

The IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species

Current News – IUCN’s Web Site


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