The last Javan rhinoceros living in Vietnam has died meaning that the subspecies is now extinct.
Back in 2010 there were reports of a large female rhino aged between 15 and 25 being shot and killed by poachers for the purpose of removing its horn, now it appears that this individual was in fact the last of its kind. This is the second subspecies of Javan rhino to be driven to extinction, the third and final subspecies exists in limited numbers in Indonesia with only 35 individuals remaining.
"The Javan rhino is only the tip of the iceberg," said conservationist Sarah Brooke. "Many other species are declining rapidly in Vietnam and remain in only fragments of their former ranges with very small populations."
"It's official: There are no more rhinos left in Vietnam."
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Source: Live Science
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