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. Carl

    You are probably correct about not "needing" rhinos, but we need many species that are not immediately apparent. For example, Honey bees to pollinate, wasps that destroy wood boring beetles (unless you want to run out of lumber), predators that control rabbit and deer populations, etc. The bottom line is if we have a "locust" mentality, we will end up destroying ecosystems and destroying ourselves. So every species that goes away is a warning that we are destroying an ecosystem.

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

      Not if you're rich enough to cope.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daddy2010


    October 25, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. sun52shine

    So now that this animal is extinct, how does the greedy market intent to exist? All for the sake of the mighty dollar.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. George

    We, as a race, are nothing more than parasites & will ultimately destroy this planet & all life on it. I firmly believe that nature has a way of cleansing itself of parasitic infestations & will eventually wipe us all off the face of this Earth.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. DeeNYC

    Eventually as all countries develop and modernize these animals will be wiped out to make room for buildings and factories. That's how it goes, in the West there are no forests because they were wiped out along with all the animals living there. So if you enjoy living in an apt or home rather than a wood hut in a tree then you have no right to make silly comments. Unless they funny. I for one love my apt of glass and steel.

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

      I don't know where you live, however there are still many forests in the United States; unfortunately there are very few old growth forests though. We currently have both buildings and factories, and also parks and wild spaces set aside. Hopefully that will always be the case. As populations become more and more technologically advanced, they seem to have lower birth rates than less technologically advanced societies. Hopefully that will hold true for the future. I see no reason why we have to populate every square inch of this planet; we must leave some room for all of the other earth species as well!

      October 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CB

    If Indonesians treat poachers like they treat littering, maybe the rhinos have a chance.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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    October 25, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Aaron

    99% of all species that once existed are now extinct.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Stalker1

    Yes! Dismember the poachers!

    October 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jake

    should have nuked that place back in the 60s...population control i say.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Astrak

    Primitive people and ideologies should become extinct.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JHRI

      You are correct. They need to go.

      October 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |

    poachers should receive no less punishment then a serial killer.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. steve

    It doesn't surprise me that Vietnam is wiping out their fish, rhinos, everything.
    I tried to hire a Vietnamese because it fit into my low budget. So I gave him something easy to start out with.
    He locked up my site I was working on at the time, and demanded we talk, hilarious.
    He said we could come to a win win situation. I've never run across such aggressive do anything people.
    So I finally got my site unlocked by the host and immediately fired him. He never did any work anyways.
    So does it surprise me Vietnam is ruining its country, no.....not really

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

      Forgot to add that when I asked him why he did it, he replied "Nobody ever did anything for me"
      But that doesn't mean your supposed to act this bad. I don't think it sunk in.
      I feel for whoever he is currently working with.

      October 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CommonSense

      Was this a man in Vietnam or a different country?

      October 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • D261

      And because you met one Vietnamese person you think they are all like that? That's called stereotyping pal.

      October 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • tucker73

      Yup. They are ANIMALS. Less class or thoughfullness than even a RHINO would have for another Rhino. Horrid, pushy people.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charlie Tuna

    Article proves,China is earths worst enemy. Time to make Asia extinct of humans and the rest of the world will iive. It is a matter of survival.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lokari

      Except of course that China wasn't even mentioned in the article.

      October 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • W.

      Who wrote anything that says China? The article is about a rhino in Vietnam. Looks like you need to learn your geography. Seems like you can use a computer. Why not google it first.

      October 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Gun

      Charlie, actually it is you and people who follow your line of thinking regarding this subject matter who should become extinct. The world would be much better off, and do the world a favor by not breeding.

      October 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vex

    you wanna go ahead and start hitting the reply button on the post to which you are replying? you seems kinda stupid don't you? yeah ya do...

    October 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
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