This is very sad. It is easy to blame a backward desire for Rhino horns for Chinese folk remedies and aphrodisiacs, but the reality is that it was not all that long ago that europeans were taking capsules of ground up mummy as “medicine.” No, the real culprit here is a lack of will on the part of others to protect these animals and make the consequences of poaching, and participating in the market, more fearsome than the perceived monetary benefits.

Africa’s western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world’s largest conservation network.

Read it all: Western black rhino declared extinct

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