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. greg

    You would think those of faith in a creator god would want to protect god's creations. For the vast majority, you would think wrong.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. zlul

    People act like extinction never happens and its all man's fault. This is part of life, part of nature. Some species will die out. Always have, always will, including us some day.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bayousara

    Earth has survived for eons and will continue to survive. It won't be with the species here now, but new ones will evolve. Hopefully, it won't include human beings. By the time we reach 15 billion population, we will be slaughtering each other to extinction.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Hopefully wont include humans? How about hopefully we learn from our mistakes by then!

      October 25, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • creegis

      Too bad they can't find out who killed the rhino and extinct them. Apparently the killers didn't see Star Trek 4 or care.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Elizabeth

    Maybe we should start poaching poachers.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • mofo

      I'm on board...

      October 25, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Name: (required)

      We can't. That would be a Hate Crime©

      October 25, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • jeremy

      Thank you. I was just thinking the same thing. Fight fire with fire.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • livingtxlife

      They do in the parks in South Africa – dare you to shoot a gun around a rhino. It ain't pretty...

      October 25, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. YC

    To those talked about the Asian: do you still remember the Native Indian in American?

    October 25, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • blah blah

      You mean Native Americans?

      October 25, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry G.

      Hey |ll|lll|llll|||ll|:

      The God of the Bible and Jesus are not mythological characters.

      Jesus was a real person. His ollowers believed (and continue to believe) that he is the son of God, Whether you accept this, you cannot deny that he lived and was crucified by the Romans..

      The God of the Bible is never described in the terms of mythology. He has no parents and no beginning. The gods of mythology were nature gods and existed in anad derived their life from nature. This was never said of the God of the Bible.

      I suggest you think before you write or speak. Better yet, I suggest you do your homework and be silent. This will conceal your ignorance and stupidity.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Phip

      Yes, many Native Americans live in the same area as me. I'm really not sure what your point is...

      October 25, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • boooner

      unfortunately yes. are you guy still paying them off like Canada pays theirs?

      October 25, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Phip

      @boooner – yes we are
      @Barry G – Wow...that was random. uhh, thanks Barry, i guess

      October 25, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Aezel

      @BarryG. I suggest it is you who actually figures out what you are talking about before opening your mouth and inserting your foot in it.

      "In the academic field of folkloristics, a myth is defined as a sacred narrative explaining how the world and humankind came to be in their present form."

      That is a pretty accurate description of the Bible. It says nothing about if certain characters in the narrative have particles of truth that are used or not. Try again genius.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry L

      I wonder where Barry G. got the idea to talk about God and the Bible when the subject was Asian Rhinos. I missed something...

      Still, Barry needs to realize that the Bible was a creation of men who compromised and edited to please the various religious and political powers of the time. It's filled with contridictions. The story of Jesus is extremely similar to the Egyptian myth of the god Horus – too similar to be coincidental. Most non-Christians don't really care if you choose to accept the stories without a shred of actual proof. You call it faith – I call it blind faith. Just don't assume that everybody shares your viewpoint and somehow your version of reality trumps the rights of others.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Barry G.

    The Vietnamese Government should be embarrassed and ashamed, and those whose purchases supported and fueled this poaching trade should be deeply ashamed of themselves.

    The poachers are a disgrace to the human race, although they probably have no conscience, like the animals they hunted to extinction.

    The civilized world is ashamed of you.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Passed

      Vietnam War had killed 90% if it population. Thanks to you American

      October 25, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. SLB

    It so sad that there are people still so backwards that they believe animal horns have "magical" powers.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • |ll|lll|llll|||ll|

      It's not that hard to believe. Look at how many people believe in Jesus and the bible and all that other mythology.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Aezel

      What are you talking about? In America 85% of the population believes in a magical sky person and his zombie son that will magically make them live forever. I'd say that takes the cake over rhino horns. At least rhino horns are real in the first place even if they don't have any powers.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • jeremy

      Yeah don't they know that only unicorn horns contain magical powers. JOKE

      October 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland Tony

    Should I let my family go hungry or shall I kill this animal and sell its horn to rich a Chinese merchant and buy a farm and never be hungry again! When you are very poor....What would anyman do, save the family or a wild beast?

    October 25, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      There isn't much that we have learned from our past. We are in the habit of picking up bad habits that perpetuates in our lives...consumption at any cost...

      October 25, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • George Zetina

      These majestic animals are more important than any low income jungle dwelling rice raising piece of human garbage. That is a seriously stupid way to make a comparison. The last of a species or 1 of the 7 million on earth (and 1 of the lower on the human scale at that).

      October 25, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • George Zetina

      Correction* 1 of the 7 BILLION!

      October 25, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • tallulah13

      So you know the specifics of this case, or are you just making excuses for criminals?

      October 25, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jeremy

      did you even read the story? The rhino was killed for it's horn, not the meat on it's body.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Re-read

      @ jeremy – did he say he would kill the animal to feed his family its' meat? No, but he could use the money from the sale of the horn to buy food. Try reading that one again.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hippediva

    And the world is a smaller place for it. And to all the idiot cavemen on this forum attempting to mimic intelligent speech, wouldn't it be nice if some alien poached the last human?

    October 25, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Inquiring Minds

    Those predator missiles are bad-a**.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. right choice

    Hey perhaps somebody should go over to Vietnam and kill all the humans over there and slaughter them for no reason.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      We did once!

      October 25, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      That already happened, it was called the Vietnam war.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Hecubus42

      Sarcasm isn't for everyone. : )

      October 25, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Muggsy3

    i hope the WWF is successful in safeguarding the last little pocket of these rhinos, Poacers shold be shot dead on sight.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • $$$$$$$$$

      I agree 100%!

      October 25, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • tallulah13

      While it's a noble and good cause, I suspect that the species is no longer genetically viable. Such an isolated population is probably already inbred.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeddak

    It's so uncool to care about anything, empathize for anyone or lift a finger to help in times of need because it takes a bit of courage and that is seemingly going extinct too.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. kalikim

    After 12 years in social services and law enforcement; I'VE DECIDED THAT PEOPLE AREN'T WORTH HELPING. Unlike humans, animals provide unconditional love and a higher quality of life.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Hecubus42

      Sounds like you have made the perfect career choice. : )

      October 25, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Islander

    Wait 'right choice'... didn't we try that already?

    October 25, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
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