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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Bad News for the Javan Rhino

Sad news was reported today on the BBC News website. 

There are believed to be fewer than 50 Javan rhinos left in the wild worldwide, and the last individual remaining in Vietnam was found dead recently – probably the victim of poachers who had cut off its horn. Genetic analysis of dung samples collected between 2009-2010 in the Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam showed that they all belonged to just one individual.

Rhino poaching appears to be on the increase globally, and Traffic, the global wildlife trade monitoring network, said the surge in the illegal trade in rhino horns was being driven by demands from Asian medicinal markets.

Rhinoceros sondaicus the Javan rhinoceros thus no longer exists on mainland Asia, and is now only to be found in the westernmost parts of Java itself.

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