Oct 31 2011

 

 

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National Geographic is reporting this week that the last Javan Rhino on mainland Asia was poached in Vietnam. While there are still about 50 left in Indonesia, the magnificent animal has gone totally extinct this month on the mainland. At one point this mammal numbered in the hundreds of thousands and could be found in China, India, Vietnam and other nations in Southeast Asia.

With just about 50 left, the mammal is now likely one of the most endangered on the entire planet. Lumbering interests are destroying their habitat and increasing the likelihood that in the next decade the Javan Rhino will disappears completely. Zoos have had universally dismal records in attempting to breed them in captivity and reintroduce them into the wilds.

The video shows the story of the last Javan Rhino.