Other rhino species remain on the brink
|Scooped by Santina Hall|
The Western Black Rhino has been declared extinct as stated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The IUCN also declared that the White Rhino is critically endangered meaning that it is so close to extinction that the species needs to be protected. Roughly 70,000 Black Rhinos lived in the wild in the 1960's and as of last year there are only 4,000 left in the world. Unfortunately for the Western Black Rhino it's to late for that species.
This is a huge loss for our planet and is only a glimpse of whats to come if we don't change our ways. It's our responsibility as creatures ourselves to protect the lives of other creatures on this planet and we aren't doing a good job of this. The World Wildlife Conservation posted a list of animals that are extinct and that are endangered, it's a worthwhile list to look at and we are the only ones who can do something about this it includes 60,000 animals that are endangered and or extinct.
The reason these Rhinos are being poached in for their horns as it is highly prized as a medicine in Asia. Due to the market demand in recent years there has been more and more poaching of these creatures. It's very sad to me that they are being used for their horn in which they were created with. How can people not see that this is wrong? There needs to be continued action about this issue and poaching needs to be ended. Awareness needs to be raised, we need these animals they have meaning just as any other creature in the world. There are only 28,000 rhinos left in the world, this is depressing to me as this creature has been around for 40 million years they were here a long time before any of these medicines have, and there are other ways to aid illnesses that are less harmful.