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. zulu

    I have a great idea...why don't we start by learning that if you see a two year old girl on the side of the street bleeding to death, drop everything and help. You learn that, no animal would go extinct.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Carmellia

    Outside the humor of the redneck comments from Bubb (and I'm a hillbillie myself), this story brings big tears to my eyes.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. school boy

    that is sad

    October 25, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. RRWExpat

    IDIOT!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. zombie kid

    I like turtles.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Exposo

    Thank heavens for poachers. Now the Vietnamese can forget about silly Rhinos and make better use of their resources to develop their country

    October 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jrock

    I'm wondering, do 50 individuals contain enough genetic diversity to ensure long term survival of the species?

    October 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. TheBossSaid

    I personally think that propaganda should be spread saying that cooked poacher genitals cures impotency.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. cool kid

    this is sooooo sad

    October 25, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. parrot

    WE ARE KILLING OUR OWN PLANET...!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Anakaraya23

      and the worst part is that nobody cares

      October 25, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • BK

      No we're not. We're killing ourselves. The planet will be here LONG, LONG after we're gone.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike in Pekin

      How is this a "We" issue? I looked at everything I buy, everything I do, and nothing I have done can even be remotely linked to the death of this Rhino. The cause of this type of poaching comes largely from China. Here in the U.S> we have environmental regulations and, I believe, a populations that largely cares about what happens. China, however, resists implementing any environmental regulations, because it would cost them business, and they do not seem to want to do anything about the illicit trade in poached animal parts that is driven by traditional chinese medicine. I am not saying we are perfect, but we are certainly making, and continue to make, strides forward.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bird

      To Mike in Pekin....... China kills their own kids, what makes you think they care about anything??????

      October 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      And this was done for some vain, idiotic old Chinese men who are too stupid to use Viagra. Thanks jerks.

      October 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Funk13

    brace yourselves, this is only the beginning. it will take as much human commitment as it did to put a man on the moon to right the wrongs that humankind have unleashed upon our mother earth. where is our "spaceship program" for the real spaceship=our lonely planet?

    October 25, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Thank GOD

    Thank GOD, they did not taste good

    October 25, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Hecubus42

      Thank God, I'm an atheist. : )

      October 25, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Blame "God" for their taste.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      a little hot sauce and they're not so bad.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Moogle Stiltzkin

    Panda's already have captive breeding programs. They ought to do the same here.

    50 roughly left in the world .... that is just simply mind boogling o.O;

    Life on earth is already considered a miracle, and yet people are taking life for granted each and everyday. Most people don't take a moment to stop and appreciate what they have.

    People need to learn to appreciate these animals, because once their all dead, thats it. They are gone forever.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Fiddledee

      I noticed that some Asian cultures particularly have reverence for just pandas and no other species. They continue to eat the penis of the tiger to combat erectile disfunction, and continue to hunt animals like the Amur Leopard for their coats, when there are only 30 left in the wild ANYWHERE. Why such dedication to pandas, a species that doesn't really have a vital niche and doesn't even want to mate with its own species? There are thousands of them in the world. I really don't get the biasness.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. nepetacataria

    The local rhinoceros poachers have poached themselves out of a job

    October 25, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. JoeBelow

    After reading the comments here, the majority of them make it very clear why this magnificent animal has been wiped from the face of the earth. Too many people are mere parasites!

    October 25, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • JoeBelow

      ...or maybe from the face of Vietnam...

      October 25, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
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