Last rare rhinoceros in Vietnam killed by poacher, group says
The killing of the last Javan rhinoceros means the population is gone forever from Vietnam, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
October 25th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Last rare rhinoceros in Vietnam killed by poacher, group says

Vietnam's rare Javan rhinoceros was declared extinct in that area after poachers killed the last remaining animal in the country for its horns, the World Wildlife Fund said.

“Vietnam must see this loss as another warning sign of its looming wave of species extinctions,” Dr. Barney Long, WWF’s Asian species expert, said in a statement. “The single most important action that is needed to save remaining threatened species like tigers and elephants is protection.”

The country had been struggling to keep the population alive amid widespread poaching that the WWF said was the cause of many Asian rhino species being brought to the "brink of extinction."

The WWF said people in certain parts of Asia believe the horns, when ground down and dissolved in boiling water, help treat typhoid fever or even cancer, the WWF said, noting that there has been no scientific proof of that.

The group said trying to bring the species back into the area won't work.

“Reintroduction of the rhinoceros to Vietnam is not economically or practically feasible," WWF’s Asian Elephant and Rhino Program Coordinator Dr. Christy Williams said.  "It is gone from Vietnam forever."

So now, the Javan rhino only exists in one area in the world, according to the WWF.

The Javan rhinoceros is in danger of becoming extinct.

The group reported that there is one population of less than 50 animals in the Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia. Now, workers will turn their attention there, working with anti-poaching patrols to hopefully keep the species from going extinct.

“For the Javan rhino, we now have to focus entirely on one site in Indonesia where strengthened protection is needed along with fast-tracking the proposed translocation and habitat management,” Long said.

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  1. ROCKWOOD

    shame.....I bet Earth can't wait for the day HUMANS become extinct.....

    October 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. enran

    Less you forget not so smart people on this post…Agent Orange!!! In using this product to destroy Vietnam’s jungle plants life, America have also killed and continue to kill millions upon millions of spies including mammals.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      Yeah, they're called cows.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • IrishYank2

      Of course Americans should kill mammal "spies". After all, they're "spies"! Probably for Iran. You no good english make, cowboy supercool.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biff

      "Lest", not "Less".

      October 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agent Orange

      Agent Orange is good for you, everyone should have some with breakfast. Its an essential vitamin you know.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • enran

      thank you for the free English lesson, i hope you speak and write more than one languages.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    That's what you get for taking sides with communist China while we were there trying to help you. We poached your prized Rhino. Next we'll drain your rice fields and empty your catfish ponds too.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • "Dumb" Asian

      Yup, kinda like how americans wiped out buffalo and the bison... we "Asians" have drained your American economy.. and assuming that everyone in vietnam has gone "communist".... you wonder why we talk bad about you in the nail salons and supermarkets?

      October 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sarcasm0

    It's hilarious when people pin negative events on entire ethnicities and nationalities. All Americans are slavers and murderers! Just look at the nations' history!

    October 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • IrishYank2

      Everyone enslaves everyone genius. It's called being human and no one's hands are clean. So go ahead blaming the US for all the world's problems, because the rest of you sit back and complain like a bunch of little girls. And no, the US doesn't like being the only world power, but you Nancies do nothing at all to fix anything. Nie Wieder, right? BS.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lu

      Yep.. the ENGLISH started it all.. read YOUR History Moron.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cyg

    Ma Earth owes us a good dose of the superflu – the kind that targets specific a holes like poachers, oil men, and GOP. It will come, what comes around, goes around.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bil

    time to kill more poachers in asia and africa

    October 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. berman

    I wonder how many of them America killed while we were obliterating that country with bombs, napalm, and agent orange?

    October 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sassy

    What a shame we are loosing our beautiful wild life one a time. It's a good thing we have zoos for our future generations.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LC

      Sassy, thank you for one of the few compassionate remarks. I direct a small federally and state permitted wildlife rehabilitation facility in So. Cal. that takes native species. We aren't paid nor do we solicit public donations; we're self funded. Our reward is knowing -hoping- that something wild still exists for future generations. Why? We teach that removing one species is like putting together something that requires assembly like a desk, for example, and not reading instructions. So what if you have some screws or hinges left over? It looks great and might even work great for awhile. And then it starts falling apart. The missing pieces start affecting the rest of the assembly. Nature is like that. We don't normally support zoos but it is the last refuge for many species otherwise doomed to extinction.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ranger 830

    Sad very sad! as long as there is an Asian market for these so called magical potions.The extinctions will continue world wide to feed this trade!No big deal a rhino!Next the dolphins,whales,tuna,tigers and even American bears!
    Its the same as drugs where their is demand supply will soon follow!The governments of these countries should be ashamed for not cracking down on this magical potion BS. years ago!!! Its 2011 and we have viagra now can you asians please lay off the magical afrodesiacs!!!! ie sharkfin soup etc. while there is something still left!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Feast of Beast

    In China, the rhinocerous horns (the powder made from them) are considered an aphrodesiac. What foolishness. First of all, a rhinocerous has got to be one of the most butt-ugly animals on the face of the Earth. Hunting any animal to extinction is a crime against nature.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Corey

    We are part of nature whether or not people care to admit it. Just because we know we are killing off species is irrelevant. It has been going on for eons. For these animals their environment changed (we happened). The stronger species is the one that is surviving and the one that cannot adapt fast enough will always die off. If we kill enough and we die off well that's life and the animals that adapt to that environment will survive.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmazedinFL

      This isn't 'business as usual' though. There hasn't been a known time during which one single species was responsible for the extinction of so many others. If we kill off so many species that most ecosystems become non-sustainable, will you consider that 'part of nature'? It's sad that as a species, we've 'evolved' into essentially a parasite essentially destroying our planet and so many other species that have the misfortune of living on it simultaneously with us.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corey

      Yes I will. And yes if you look at our population growth that is the trajectory we are on. It appears the only way our species will find balance. And that my friend is something that has and always will happen in nature. Do you actually think we are the first species that killed them selves out of a good thing? You would be kidding yourself if you said yes.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Feast of Beast

    Humans in general pretty much suck.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fupped Duck

    Me love you long time

    October 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TSB8C

    Had private ownership and use of these animals been allowed rather than the traditional 'government protection' racket, there would be plenty of them. When people are allowed to own, use and profit from private property (animals) they protect them, breed them, develop habitats for them, and guard against theft (poaching). When governments setup 'protected' areas, no one is really watching or looking our for them. That is why cows and chickens won't go extinct and why Botswana and Zimbabwe have increasing elephant herds (they allow private ownership and hunting) compared to Kenya where private ownership and hunting of elephants is outlawed. Government respect for private property rights is the answer.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oompa

      What in the world??? Hwange National Park has the largest healthiest herds in Zimbabwe, that has nothing to do with private ownership or hunting. The park was saved from white hunters wiping out the wildlife.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      In theory I agree with you but perhaps you heard about a little incident in Ohio that happened recently? Guys goes wacko and lets all of his exotic and fairly wild animals free on a decently populated area. All the animals end up dead. Obviously this wouldn't happen all the time, but I don't think I'd be too comfortable with my neighbor getting a rhino or two – even if he was a zoolist and trained rhino handler. Then again, there are a lot of people I do not trust to get dogs...*shrug*

      October 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carole Clarke

    Sad – the only thing that will cure the misinformation so ingrained in Asia is ongoing education. They also believe ground tiger bones and gorilla testicals can do what Viagra" does. Don't know what's in the little blue pill but hope a rare animal didn't have to die to make it. Makes you wonder if humanity is worth it...

    October 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
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