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. 2tired2care

    Remember, only humans go to hell.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mslane

    It's predators like them that are slowly causing the extinction of some of the most endangered animals, and any other animal or resource for that matter, without any concern for the rest of the planet.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rikers

    Stupid people!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Easy E

    I for one am looking forward to a world where we don't have to worry about animals and plants despoiling our shopping malls and corner gas stations. True, we all eventually starve to death/suffocate as the ecosystem fails around us, but at least we'll die in style.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    We American, don't butcher animal but we do human (we got guns, babies). We shot down thousand of human a year. Wait, we just gun down 50 exotic annimals because they are "Asian" annimals.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tarzan

      Idiot. It wasn't because they were Asian. It was because they were dangerous and loose.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      "English Mother (*^&&%, do you speak it?"

      October 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • What????

      What?!?!?!?!?!

      October 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    Death penalty for poachers AND FOR END CONSUMERS TOO!!
    Nothing less than that.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Santori

    there was ONLY 1 left and they couldn't even protect that one?

    October 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. eg

    yAP

    October 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bookgirl

    Ignorant a..holes.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    It bears mentioning that the Javan rhino isn't really in danger of becoming extinct from earth, as the article implies, but rather, extinct from the wild, which is in itself a great tragedy. The specimens in zoos are part of a captive breeding program to ensure the species isn't lost from the planet but how sad it is to come down to this. This will be the fate of tigers as well in the not too distant future.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThoughtProcess

      That is not true. Javan Rhinos are not part of any zoos or breeding programs at this moment. Sumatran Rhinos, White Rhinos, Black Rhinos and Indian Rhinos are in zoos, but not these guys. The estimate 50 are almost never seen in the wild outside camera traps so it's only a guess if there's even that many on Java. 50 is not a sustainable population.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason Bedi

      glad they just shot damn near 30 tigers in Ohio just the other day then.... I hate humankind so much

      October 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThoughtProcess

      More on it: the last "survey" in 2008 was almost entirely educated guess based on just a few tracks in Ujung Kulon indicated no more than 3 or 4 possible breeding pairs. There is of course a very high concern of inbreeding and the Vietnam population was a last hope to introduce that diversity. Perhaps they should have all been collected for zoos but that was never funded.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • collins61

      Save the world, kill yourself.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrHanson

      Its called Evolution. Evolve or perish.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • DallasGal

      How far is a step from being extinct in the wild, to biologically extinct in captivity? To say in the parlance of our time.... "not so much"........

      October 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. eg

    SI

    October 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Razor's Edge

    One of the highest forms of IGNORANCE – are those that believe the horn or reproductive organs will enhance their own prowess so they are willing to kill the last of a species to obtain it.

    Duh – morons – what'cha gonna do when the potion wears off hmmmm? You've killed the only hope of replenishing the supply bunch of ignorant wretches !!!

    October 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zebula

      Asians have to be the most ignorant (and, unfortunately, abundant) people on the planet.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CaptainRIGHT

    No need to introduce MORE Rhinos to Vietnam there all going to die anyways, KEEP THEM AWAY!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Doc

    Well done asians! why don't you make up a "cure" from rats, you have plenty of them and those will never extinct.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      I'm Asian-American. I will eat Rhino horns and Shark Fin for as long as I can afford it. Anything else exotic on the menu? I'll take it to-go. Yes, I do eat rats, dogs, cats, and mothers. I love milf the most.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ch

    So, a bunch of primitives who believe that rhino horns can cure disease killed the last one available.

    We should've just let the Vietcong have it to begin with, our effort there was a complete waste. These people don't deserve saving.

    Vietnam = Easter Island

    October 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Did we go to Iraq to "save" someone? I don't believe there was any intention of "saving" Vietnam or the vietnamese people. I'd tell you to think a little deeper, but I think it's fair to say that that might not be possible for you.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
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