The International Union for Conservation of Nature has declared the western black rhino extinct. One of four subspecies of the black rhino, it was considered especially vulnerable to poachers who hunt the rhino for its horn, believed to contain medicinal properties.
The black rhino is one of five surviving species of rhinoceros. Sadly, most of the others are endangered as well.
As well as declaring the western black rhino (Diceros bicornis longipes) extinct, it records the northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), a subspecies in central Africa, as being on the brink of extinction.
The last Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) outside Java is also believed to have disappeared.
The other species include the white rhino, Indian rhino and the Sumatran rhino.
This has nothing to do with comics, but it is good to note the passing of our natural world.
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