By Jean Williams
Thanks to human activity, a unique species is gone forever.
A report by the Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Thursday has declared the western black rhino, a subspecies of the black rhino, extinct, as reported in Science Time.
According to the world’s largest conservation network, the last western black rhino was spotted in 2006 in Cameroon, but hasn’t been seen since.
In addition, the black rhino is barely clinging to existence and is currently listed as critically endangered. In 1960, there were approximately 70,000 black rhinos in the wild and now only 4,000 still remain.
The IUCN’s Red List also includes the northern white rhino and the Javan rhino as being on the brink and possibly extinct.
"In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented," Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission said in a statement on CNN.
Poaching and habitat loss are the culprits.
Gangs of criminal poachers hunt the animals for their lucrative horns. Stuart said they just didn’t have enough security to go around. But critics say that even poachers who are caught never get punished. More....