West African Black Rhinos extinct?

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) says that the West African black rhino have become extinct. Their final refuge was in northern Cameroon. On a positive note the rhinos are on the increase in the rest of Africa, thanks to control of poaching and prevention of habitat lost. Since the survey has failed to find any sign of this rhino in its habitat, this sub-species has been tentatively declared as extinct, by IUCN African rhino specialist group.

There are two species of double horned rhinos in Africa, the more aggressive black rhino and the large white rhino. Scientists recognise two sub-species of white rhino and four sub-species of the black. The northern white rhino is also heading for extinction. Rhinos are poached for their horns, which fetch high prices in Yemen where they are used for ceremonial dagger handles and in the Far East for traditional medicines, mostly as an aphrodisiac.

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