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. GOP Hate America

    another piece of earth killed by the parasites that are humans.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ronald

    I spent a few years in Vietnam during the 60's. I never saw a rhino of any color and doubt that any existed at that time.
    I can imagine that any animal that is editble will be extinct in that country given time. The peace loving Vietnamese became extinct.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stormy miller


    October 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jo

    There is so much animosity against "asians" in this feedback/commentary when poachers come in every shape, size and nationality. Not sure why those of you hating on "asians" aren't really hating on the poachers instead.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. excitingman

    dont send them to Ohio!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert McNamara

    "Vietnam must see this loss...."
    Yes my Western brother, tell these little people what to do. In fact, let me just send in a few military advisers to help them understand. Nothing big of course, just a few troops. It is our place and right to tell them what they must do and see.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Necrofun

    One day when all the animals are extinct, humans will have to grind themselves up to cure their own cancer.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. UncleJohn

    Bye bye Asian Rhinos – say hello to the dinosaurs!

    October 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark W

    The one thing that really bothers me is the Java connection here. I mean is this event going to have the effect of a price increase at Starbucks?

    October 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James K

    Obviously sad to see the last one go... but I fail to see why it's a huge deal. I mean, if it was the last one, doesn't that mean it had a 0% chance of reproducing? At that point, it's demise was inevitable. The death of the last opposite gender one should be the big deal.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      You misread the article. It's the last one in Vietnam. There are still Javan rhinos...

      October 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      You are wrong; it will not be a big deal when you die.

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

      Good point. It takes two to tango, and in this case the rhino needed a mate to reproduce. Works for people too.
      Those poachers should be hunted down like the poor beast.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the_dude

    NOw if we could only figure out how to do this with certain groups of humans......

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

      Here here!

      October 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • hellodolly

      Hitler did, you want a repeat of that?

      October 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      Set a fine example and start with yourself.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JV

      You first.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agree

      I could not disagree with that statement, we are reaching a population of 10 billion (human beings), there is a clear unbalance here. It seems to me that most animals in their natural habitat contribute more beneficially towards the environment than we ever had, or ever will. You take one population of wild life out, and that creates a chain reaction affecting other wild animal or plant life that depends on it for survival. So I think is pretty much time for the earth to rebalanced itself.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Seb

    You don't actually know what evolution is, and probably never bothered to understand? I'd suggest readig a book or two on the topic.. 'Evolve or perish', what a stupid retarded thing to say. You're the proof that evolution doesn't work like you think it does.

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

    Sometimes it's just embarrassing to be human. I often feel anymore that we're the dumbest specie on the planet.
    Between Organized religion and shear historical/and current ignorance, I'm amazed at times that we're not extinct yet.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan80


      October 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cpc65

    If they catch the poacher that did this, I have a suggestion where the rhino's horn can go.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    We really should be questioning our sophistication as a species right now.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan80

      Because some poacher in Southeast Asia killed a rhino? That's pretty far out for even a Democrat.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
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