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. Carawaigh

    You're so right, Adolf.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Stupid G**ks

    October 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Maia Silvercrest

    how many rhinoes, regardless of type are there?

    October 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan80

      It varies from zoo to zoo.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. carly

    There need to be international laws with appropriate punishment for these acts.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan80

      "International laws". Typical left wing response. What's wrong with the laws that are already there in practically every country?

      October 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Buzz Aldrin

    i forgot dolphin brain bashing and whale killing
    plus pearl harbor bombing, sub sinking

    October 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. It_flyer

    Humans are the only creatures who's removal from the planet would benefit all remaining life.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Have a safe trip to Venus.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan80

      Maybe you could get that made into a bumper sticker. You could paste it right beside your Obama sticker and your rainbow sticker.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    We in Amerrica are right now slaughtering our wolf population in the western states. They are no longer protected by the federal government (which is why I won't vote for Obama) and are at the mercy of the cowboys.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Obama also approves of killing humans, and that's why I won't vote for Obama. Nevertheless, a reason is a reason. As far as the four footed kind, don't forget the bald eagle, buffalo, and all the rest. Just call me Red Riding Hood.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan80

      Just remember, buddy, you're at the mercy of the cowboys, too. The Indians forgot that.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Randy

    I hope they buy something expensive with the money – then get it stolen.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan80

      Yeah. By Obama, just like the rest of us.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    Asians are responsible for, or soon will be, the extinction of tigers, rhinoceros, elephants, sharks, whales and dolphins – to name the biggest ones. They don't have enough sense to realize what they are doing to our world.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan80

      If you had said the same thing about Asians without tying it to a left wing cause, there would now be 19 posts calling you a racist.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Keneth

    They killed the last Republican in Name Only in Vietnam.....took them long enough.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan80

      I'm sorry. You've been the victim of a cruel hoax.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kevin

    I hear that the bones of poachers, when ground up and mixed with water, will cure any known disease.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christy

      Love it!

      October 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      I'll start spreading the word. That is GREAT news!

      October 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pwilson

      I heard it's better than viagra also. Lasts for days.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorthropP61

      Even better, I hear that poachers bones, when ground and mixed with any alcoholic beverage is not only an aphrodesiac of the wildest kind but also has the power to make an unattractive partner look amazing!!!

      October 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howyoube Lieveit

      Ignorant

      October 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BREAKING NEWS

      Howyoube Lieveit is ignorant.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • pismire

      yay! now the US will have another reason to invade vietnam and finish the job.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      I hear grinding up the bones of poachers cures the extinction of endangered animals.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jagged

    We are supposed to be the stewards of this planet.
    What ta hell, we kill unborn babies, rinos ain't crap to us.
    God help us all.
    Were doomed.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meathead

      This planet is doomed because of people like you. Yes abortion is wrong, but anyone who doesn't have any feeling that a poacher put a rare rhino into extinction must have a very big void somewhere in his soul.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • RachelM

      With the world population of humans at almost 7 billion, get over the issue of abortion already.
      It's more important to save the species being killed to extinction by humans than to increase the human population, which is by no means close to being extinct.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aucausin

      I agree with Rachel, abortion is benefiting everyone else on the planet. The number of humans is not only secure but in danger of overpopulation. It's horrible to see people who should have been aborted killing off species of animal for profit.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      Wow, that is a powerful statement and so very true! The very tree-hugging animal rights activists will throw a fit when a rhino is killed but they stand in protest that they have the right to murder a baby because they "did not want to become pregnant". We are doomed when you think about it.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      disgusting. Kill an animal just to shore up your tiny willy. Sickening. What's gonna keep their dinkers working when there's no more Rhino horns, tiger bit, and whatever else is rare and valuable? Oh nooooooooooooooooooooo!!

      October 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlito

      It's funny because Rod is either an idiot or isn't of English origin. I'm going with the former.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    Not only should they work to stop the poachers, they also need to launch an intellectual campaign denouncing these retarded alternative medicine concepts in the populations. As long as there is demand, unscrupulous people will be there to supply.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hooley

      You use the words intellectual and retarded in the same sentence. I think you have bigger problems, forget the rhino. You need awareness of psychological and mental disorders, not "retarded" people or situations.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorthropP61

      When the rare species disapear, what will poachers hunt? Well, for a start, they know who has money, 'cause those giuys have been paying them. When poachers hunt the buyers, who'll object? Not me.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. spiralbrain

    Hunting the poachers and bringing them to the brink of extinction is starting to sound like a fun sport.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. wow

    I like animals too but saying you would rather save a animal than a baby just doesn't make any sense. What if it's your kid??? Why don't you kill yourself if you think we need less humans on the planet? And you know extinction is natural no matter what the causes is. I'm not saying it's a good thing or that we should promote it but crying when it happens to a "cute" animal and pointing fingers is just childish. People need to grow up. We are all responsible. The poachers and any of us for not doing anything about it if we care about them that much.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      There's lots of babies – only one of those rhinos. Well now zero of those rhinos. If I had to kill 50 babies to save one of the last 50 rhinos, I would. There's a crapload of babies, and too many people think the purpose of existence on this planet it to pass on their shallow DNA.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • umm no

      Actually Josh, had you bothered to read the article you'd see that there are 50 of those rhinos left. Why bother to comment of you aren't even going to read the article?

      October 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ummm

      I love people who read comments incorrectly then tell that person to go read the article.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oi

      There are plenty of babies to spare. As this article notes, however, the Javan Rhino is now extinct in Viet Nam by the hand of Man. There are billions of humans on the planet, destroying it more and more every day.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • person

      actually, you're very very wrong about extinction. I study diversification in the tropics. "normally" there are many extinctions throughout history..... and extinction IS a part of evolution, just as speciation is. However, the problem lies in species turnover rates, If species go extinct faster than they can be replaced (and replaced in an ecological sense), then communities will become "unbalanced"... i.e. a key predator (large cat) goes extinct, rabbit communities grow disproportionately since they now have no predator, they over-eat grasslands, which causes other species that also eat the same grasslands to go extinct due to low resources.... this is called trophic cascades. This eventually gets so out of control, that all ecosystems in the world are out of balance, and believe it or not.... we sort of need them (ever heard of where oxygen comes from? perhaps water?). Now, I DO NOT believe that humankind needs to be "controlled" by killing people.... I DO believe that it needs to be controlled by reducing newborns (just like China does), but mostly, we need to take action. I"m taking action, by doing the research that will lead to generating well-informed conservation decisions.... what are YOU doing??

      October 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
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