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Well with all thats happening in Africa this is just doesn't make the news very much. And now it might be to late.

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Western black rhino officially extinct

William Holt.. June 27, 2013

The western black rhino has officially become extinct, reports CNN. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which compiles an annual Red List of Threatened Species, this subspecies of the African rhinoceros was last spotted in 2006.

The two greatest threats facing the western black rhino, the report notes, have been increased poaching and a lack of conservation efforts. According to a statement released by the IUCN, rhino poaching shot up by almost 50 percent between 2011 and 2012, with nearly 2,400 killed by hunters across Africa since 2006.

“Well-organized and well-funded crime syndicates are continuing to feed the growing black market with rhino horn,” said Mike Knight, chairman of the Species Survival Commission's African Rhino Specialist Group, in the statement.

The IUCN, the world’s largest conservation network, also warned that Africa’s northern white rhino and Asia’s Javan rhino could face similar fates if preventive measures are not taken immediately.

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Run rhino run, extinction is forever
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Run rhino run, extinction is forever
Find a bunch of black rhino horns from poachers, extract the DNA from them, implant it into a "regular" rhino eggs and start the species all over again. With our current technology, extinction isn't always permanent.
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Find a bunch of black rhino horns from poachers, extract the DNA from them, implant it into a "regular" rhino eggs and start the species all over again. With our current technology, extinction isn't always permanent.
Find a bunch of black rhino poachers, inject the black rhino DNA in THEM, then, when they grow horns, shoot them and slice off THEIR horns and see how they like it...
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Find a bunch of black rhino poachers, inject the black rhino DNA in THEM, then, when they grow horns, shoot them and slice off THEIR horns and see how they like it...
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Who are the idiots who believe rhino horn is an aphrodisiac? Shoot them on sight.
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Mebbe dey was gonna eat Vincent?...

Poachers kill rhino at French zoo, remove horn
March 7, 2017 -- Poachers broke into a French zoo, killing a 4-year-old white rhinoceros and removing one of its horns.
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Zookeepers on Tuesday found the rhino named Vince in the African enclosure of the Thoiry zoo, west of Paris. Poachers shot the animal in the head and fled before they could remove the second, smaller horn, zoo officials said. "Vince was found this morning by the keeper who was very attached to him and is deeply upset," the zoo announced on Facebook. "This odious act was carried out even though there were five staff members living on site and security cameras."


Poachers broke into the Thoiry zoo, west of Paris, and killed one of its three rhinoceros, 4-year-old Vince.

Two other rhinos in the enclosure, Gracie, 37, and Bruno, 5, "escaped the massacre" and were unharmed, the zoo said on Facebook. "It's possible the thieves didn't have time to take the others," a police spokesman said. The poachers entered the rear entrance to the zoo by forcing a grill. They broke through two other locked doors into the building containing the rhinos. Vince, who was born in a zoo in the Netherlands, and transported to the French zoo with Bruno. They are among 250 rhinos in European zoos that are part of a breeding program. An estimated 21,000 white rhinos remain in the wild worldwide, mainly in South Africa and Uganda.

In Asia, the horns are valued for their supposed aphrodisiac qualities. Their value is about $132,000 per pound. "The theft of rhinoceros horns are rising across Europe, but it's the first time an animal park has suffered an attack leading to the death of a rhinoceros," the zoo said. In February, a California auctioneer was indicted in New York on federal charges of conspiring to smuggle endangered rhinoceros horns. Eight separate or attempted deals involved 15 rhinoceros horns that were worth an estimated $2.4 million.

Poachers kill rhino at French zoo, remove horn - UPI.com
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March 08, 2017 - Ancient DNA from dental plaque is revealing intriguing new information about Neanderthals, including specific menu items in their diet such as woolly rhinoceros and wild mushrooms, as well as their use of plant-based medicine to cope with pain and illness.
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Scientists said on Wednesday they genetically analyzed plaque from 48,000-year-old Neanderthal remains from Spain and 36,000-year-old remains from Belgium. The plaque, material that forms on and between teeth, contained food particles as well as microbes from the mouth and the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. At Belgium's Spy Cave site, which at the time was a hilly grassy environment home to big game, the Neanderthal diet was meat-based with woolly rhinoceros and wild sheep, along with wild mushrooms. Some 12,000 years earlier, at Spain's El Sidron Cave site, which was a densely forested environment likely lacking large animals, the diet was wild mushrooms, pine nuts, moss and tree bark, with no sign of meat.

The two populations apparently lived different lifestyles shaped by their environments, the researchers said. The researchers found that an adolescent male from the Spanish site had a painful dental abscess and an intestinal parasite that causes severe diarrhea. The plaque DNA showed he had consumed poplar bark, containing the pain-killing active ingredient of aspirin, and a natural antibiotic mold. "This study really gives us a glimpse of what was in a Neanderthal's medicine cabinet," said paleomicrobiologist Laura Weyrich of Australia's University of Adelaide, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature.


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The findings added to the growing body of knowledge about Neanderthals, the closest extinct relative of our species, Homo Sapiens, and further debunked the outdated notion of them as humankind's dimwitted cousins. "I definitely believe our research suggests Neanderthals were highly capable, intelligent, likely friendly beings. We really need to rewrite the history books about their 'caveman-like' behaviors. They were very human-like behaviors," Weyrich said.

The robust, large-browed Neanderthals prospered across Europe and Asia from about 350,000 years ago until going extinct roughly 35,000 years ago after our species, which first appeared in Africa 200,000 years ago, established itself in regions where Neanderthals lived. Scientists say Neanderthals were intelligent, with complex hunting methods, probable use of spoken language and symbolic objects, and sophisticated fire usage. The researchers also reconstructed the genome of a 48,000-year-old oral bacterium from one of the Neanderthals. "This is the oldest microbial genome to date, by about 43,000 years," Weyrich said.

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Mebbe dey was gonna eat Vincent?...

Poachers kill rhino at French zoo, remove horn
March 7, 2017 -- Poachers broke into a French zoo, killing a 4-year-old white rhinoceros and removing one of its horns.


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March 08, 2017 - Ancient DNA from dental plaque is revealing intriguing new information about Neanderthals, including specific menu items in their diet such as woolly rhinoceros and wild mushrooms, as well as their use of plant-based medicine to cope with pain and illness.
they are not the same type of rhino as went belly up idt
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Ya isn't it.. I guess they are much harder to locate in the wild now that most have been killed.

But the trade in illegal animals part to these China Sooth Sayers must go on...

Unless these fools get rounded up and quickly.
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S. Africa Proposes Law to Legalize Some Trade in Rhino Horn
March 10, 2017 — South Africa’s parliament could soon consider a new law to allow for limited trade and export of rhino horn for personal purposes. The government proposed the draft legislation earlier this year and an initial 30-day period for public comment wraps up today. The bill has support but has angered animal rights groups.
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In the proposed law, the government seeks to allow domestic trade in rhino horn as well as individual exports of two rhino horns at a time, only for personal use and under strict control. South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs proposes that any sale will include the full details of the buyer and seller, a permit and the genetic profile information of each horn sold. Domestic trade in rhino horn was banned in South Africa in 2009.


Workers perform a post-mortem on the carcass of a rhino after it was killed for its horn by poachers at the Kruger national park in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, Sept. 14, 2011. A rhino horn can sell for up to $23,000.

In 2015, two independent rhino breeders won a court case challenging the domestic ban. The government tried to overturn that ruling on appeal but failed. The Department of Environmental Affairs proposed this new legislation to comply with the court’s 2015 verdict. The draft law has excited independent rhino breeders who have fought hard to get the ban lifted. Pelham Jones, chairman of the Private Rhino Owners Association, points to upsides of the law. “The benefit of domestic trade is that it will allow now a partial supply of rhino horn from existing stock piles, no injury to existing live animals whatsoever, to be traded in South Africa, to be exported with a CITES [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species] permit,” Jones said.

Critics fearful of law’s exploitation

But opponents say there should be no exceptions when it comes to trade in rhino horn. Animal rights groups believe even limited legalization will open a loophole for criminal syndicates. Jo Shaw is manager of the World Wildlife Fund’s South Africa Rhino Program. “We don’t believe that the necessary control mechanisms are currently in place at an international, national or provincial level to enable law enforcement and permitting staff to be able to regulate this legal domestic trade alongside the existing levels of illegal trade in horn,” Shaw said. International trade in rhino horn has been banned since 1977.


Rhinos walk in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve in South Africa, Dec. 20, 2015. The country is currently looking to partially legalize the trade in rhino horn.

Jones of the Rhino Owners Association says there is currently no proof that the international ban has protected the rhino. He argues that some legal trade will help fund conservation efforts. “Due to those severe security costs, many reserves have in fact given up and have sold all their rhino populations, so this revenue will at least help to mitigate certain of our operational expenses.” A rhino horn can sell for up to $23,000. Every year, according to government statistics, South Africa loses about one thousand rhinos to poachers eager to traffic the horns to Asian countries where they are believed to be able to treat various ailments, despite lack of scientific backing.

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