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Javan rhino officially extinct In Vietnam

Posted on Sunday, 6 January, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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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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Comment icon #9 Posted by AsteroidX on 7 January, 2013, 0:50
Start local Think Global. These things just happen and like the Oz poster stated theres much better options then whats going on today. Sad news.
Comment icon #10 Posted by IamLegend on 7 January, 2013, 1:13
Remember the rhino is only extinct in Vietnam. There are still some left in Indonesia.
Comment icon #11 Posted by csspwns on 7 January, 2013, 2:28
there is a reservation in Java, Indonesia where the last of the rhinos live
Comment icon #12 Posted by ShadowOfMothman on 7 January, 2013, 8:18
I'm sorry to say it, but I have to disagree. We cannot destroy the Earth or any living organism on it, we can only destroy ourselves. And that's what we're doing right now, destroying ourselves, because we are unable to understand how essential the natural world is for our survival.Humanity may become extinct but not life itself. Because... "Life finds a way"
Comment icon #13 Posted by Myles on 7 January, 2013, 12:18
Sure we can. Just look at the Thylacine. It was a living species and now it is not. While we may be destroying ourselves in the process, we are most certainly destroying other living organisms.
Comment icon #14 Posted by KainFall on 7 January, 2013, 13:09
Can you imagine? that in a puddle somewhere in a deep dark cave.. A new colony of a species is being made.. Anyone familiar with the Quran?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mistydawn on 7 January, 2013, 14:04
Give it time....
Comment icon #16 Posted by MJNYC on 7 January, 2013, 18:21
We are all connected. I truly believe that every time we contribute to the extinction of a species, whether it be plant or animal, we are just killing ourselves. But, those ignorant enough to kill a rhino for it's body parts would never understand that. :(
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mag357 on 8 January, 2013, 2:29
They probably spend more money to advertise then actual money used to help the species.
Comment icon #18 Posted by justcalmebubba on 8 January, 2013, 10:15
the more we hurt the earth the more we kill our selves may not be any short term effects but long term deffently but them i realy cant say a lot cause i do hunt for food not trophies there is a difference

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