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The Western Black Rhino is now Extinct.

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 22, 2013, 1:06 PM


--> www.cnn.com/2011/11/10/world/a…

As Whitefeathur discussed in her journal on this subject, the uneducated animal-lovers all crowd around species who are not even endangered, in the name of blind animal favoritism, meanwhile this beautiful animal did not receive the protection it desperately needed, and we will never see another black rhino alive again.

Let this be a lesson to those out there protecting common, beloved species rather than actually endangered ones.


Do your research - animals out there do need your support, and it's not always the species you love best. Support them anyway, and don't waste time and effort protecting species that are stable just because you admire them.

I can't believe this species died out in my lifetime.
I have always heard of their dwindling numbers, and I've done a school project or two on them.
I never thought they'd actually go extinct.
I thought we had more power than that.

...Fuck.

Edit: Oh shit, this article is old.
Still news to me, though.


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DemonPanther Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand this is why I want to kill all poachers.
Nothing would be funnier than a sniper picking them off one by one while they're hunting, and they're wondering what the hell is going on.
It's not fun when the tables are turned.
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL
I hate to be violent...but I'd like that too. I mean, they are breaking the law, after all.
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DemonPanther Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
They care more about money, a stupid convenience mankind devised, than other species that affect the Earth.
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Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This short video: [link]
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL
I didn't know wallabies flung their babies at danger.

Oh god, that's so horrible. xD
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Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Haha, a lot of would-be prey animals aren't terribly good protectors (like giraffes, deer, antelope, etc.; things that aren't aggressive/used to fighting). Although, I'd bet that most wallabies would first try to carry their baby to safety and only use them as a desperation move decoy if the predator is seriously gaining on them. It's the wallaby limit break! It's still sad, though, since those things are insanely cute!
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh they are. I used to work with a dude who really wanted one. Like he was looking into places he could get one from. He was VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. xD

If he had gotten one I would have insisted that he bring it to work.
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Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
What? Like a pet, or some kind of foster program for a zoo, or sanctuary, or something? It shouldn't be okay to own wild animals. ... They are cute, though... very cute... @~@
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a pet - apparently there is a "domesticated" variety, or so he told me. xD
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Spinarak12 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
And, sorry to spam, but I really think that humans as a species are too smart for their own good. I've taken a Geography class in college, and I've known that not only animals suffer from humans, but the diversity of the flora is affected. This world used to have thousands to millions of plant types, many of which that can bear fruit that would be nutritious. However, in today's world, only a few are even grown, like corn and wheat, leaving the others to fall into obscurity! Just because they aren't worth much money to sell!

Honestly, I've always had a question of "How the world would be if humans weren't as domineering as we are?", and it sounds a lot better than the economy driven, eco-unfriendly society we live in!

I'm not blaming everyone: granted, there are many who want to preserve various things like animal and plant species, and even intangible things like language types (which is another thing that is being messed with), but afther being in college for a year, I am skeptical if everything that these people are doing will last forever.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sometimes think that nature would be a lot better off without humans, too. Species would absolutely still go extinct, but for good reason. Species that go extinct in natural situations usually just couldn't adapt. That's what natural selection is all about.

My boyfriend would argue that humans are nature, and therefore everything we do or make (including houses and cars) are nature, and so whatever we do is fine. He argues that since birds make nests, that should mean that human houses are just as natural as nests. xD And I see his point, but there are a lot of unnatural (in my opinion) things that humans do.

And some people might say, who cares if we lose a species, even if it's because of humans? What importance did it have in the long run?

There are many viewpoints here.

I think humans can exist and build and expand, but should be mindful of the animals we share the planet with. Perhaps there's no real good reason to keep species from going extinct, but we should attempt to keep it from happening regardless, on principle.
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Spinarak12 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
The problem with the bird building nests theory is that with birds, they only take what is needed for themselves, and since they are small, whatever materials are taken can usually replenish in a small period of time. Humans, however, take for all of their species to benefit, usually metals which take near millions of years to come back (even trees, which are easy to replace, take a lifetime to be restored).

Still, all of what you said is right. We should at least be aware of what creatures are impacted by our decisions. Then, at least, they could survive for long enough to increase their populations!
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Spinarak12 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Wow! To see a species I've known to be endangered for years becoming completely extinct. Eventually, if protective measures aren't practiced, many other wild creatures can end up like this! It makes me so sad!
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maria1423 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student
I really think it's sad when people think that only endangered animals need protection when actually all animals need protection no matter the species and no matter how in endanger they are because one day while we're only thinking about the ones who are endangered another species like the mountain goat can become extinct right under our noses because of over hunting...
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Animals all have a level of endangerment. You can see which have massive numbers, which are uncommon, which are rare, and which are critically low.

It is more important to focus MOSTLY on animals that are in the critically low numbers.
If we spend time on animals that have healthy numbers instead, we lose the critically low animals in the meantime, and nothing will have happened to the animals with healthy numbers.

There cannot be "over hunting", either - that's called poaching, and laws exist to protect animals from poaching - ALL animals, even common ones.
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ChibiblazeX3 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
makes me kinda sick..
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DragoDrawings Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Artist
annoys me when stuff like this happens, don't get me wrong, I agree animals should get protection, but I think an endagered animal is more important than a little hamster
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I don't think a hamster is the problem here, I think the problem is when people think that certain wild animals need protection (wolves are a good example) when in reality they are not endangered. Meanwhile, other species are only a few hundred members away from complete extinction!
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DragoDrawings Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Artist
Well I was mainly using a hamster as an example, but I see exactly what you mean.
Just because an animal is wild doesn't mean it needs protection, you get all these people running around screaming "save the dogs, save the cats." but these same people don't even bat an eye lid when a mass extinction of endangered animals is happening all over the world.
The main reason these animals go extinct is because no one helps protect them because they're too fixated on the ones that don't need saving.
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Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Amur leopards are down to the double digits (upper 20's to somewhere in the 40's)! They're easily one of the rarest animals on Earth.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh don't tell me that.
Now I'm all freaked out again.

What are we doing to save them?
We better be doing amazing things.
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Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I'm sorry. (Actually, there may be even fewer than the range I said.)

We're trying to do all the normal things; captive breeding, attempts to protecting their habitat (even from fires) and prevent poachers, but at this point, they're quite inbred and some are just dying (even in captivity) because of lousy genes. On the bright side, the efforts aren't at all half-assed. In addition to anti-poaching teams, they have an actual local police task force dedicated to trying to protect them and their future needs are considered whenever people want to develop land. Also, the government compensates farmers for livestock killed by Amur leopards, instead of working with farmers to remove the leopards.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"but at this point, they're quite inbred"
...That's something I've always worried about with captive breeding programs. -_-

At least they are doing something. Compensating farmers is a great idea, since it gives the leopards a meal, but the tab gets paid. xD

Poachers are scum.
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Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
No, it's not only the captive breeding programs that have made the Amur leopards inbred. In fact, according to a documentary I saw, the captive breeding programs is the main thing combating inbreeding (probably since they knew to beware of it).
Though, I think they should make a splintered line that is crossbred with non-Amur leopards. Then, maybe after they're healthier hybrids, they can add back in more Amur leopard DNA.

Yeah, I'm surprised by and impressed with that compensation method.

I think zeroing in on poachers is too exclusive. Just because it's against the law, it makes them scum, but regular hunters are excused from this? I think anyone who kills for fun is horrible. I think hunters should only be let loose to kill all they want for killing to prevent over-population and when everything is stable, they should just exercise self-control. I mean, they're adults, they should know that they can't have fun whenever they want.
The difference of buying food that gets slaughtered from hunting is that those livestock animals aren't part of an ecosystem. The only exception that should be made are for people in seriously rural areas such as the Ozarks; they should be excused, since even though they could go buy food, it's a lot less practical to do so than it is to hunt because of their extremely low income (they definitely won't be able to move at their income).
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Ludichris1 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist
What???

Ugh I remember reading about them before n stuff

Whyyyyyy
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BeadyEyedGirl Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rest in peace, black rhinos... it was too late... :'(
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Endless-hunter Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are still black rhinos around I think but only in zoos and conservation parks.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, sorry, the black rhino in general is still surviving, but the Western Black Rhino is definitely extinct.
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Endless-hunter Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah okay then. Least its not like the Tasmanian Tiger then. We had them in Australia but they were wiped out over a century ago which is sad.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very sad - I love those guys. :( They are so cool looking - or I guess I should say, they were. :(
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Endless-hunter Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. Hope history doesnt repeat itself
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MREcartoonist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sick. If I had known more about this, I would have donated. I am normally supporting my local animal charities, and I adopt a lot of homeless animals, but I wasn't aware that support for these Rhinos were SO low. These stupid-ass poachers need to be harvested for their bones. Then they can see how it feels.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I feel guilty for the same reason. From now on, I still want to donate to local shelters and such...but I need to think more about the very endangered animals out there. I can't believe this happened.

And I agree. Poachers are scum.
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MREcartoonist Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here. It is scary to know that there are people in this world that care so little about the impact they have on animals and others.
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Shame that everyone can't take of everything... harsh rule of life...
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, and I try to, which doesn't do much good, I'm afraid. x3
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xtofubreadx Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
8U
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shewolf51 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Actually they are still alive, just not in the wild. Hopefully with breeding programs we can eventually establish viable breeding populations again but until they receive some sort of protection by law I don't think it will happen.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Western Black Rhino? I couldn't find evidence of them being in captivity, and I checked.

The BLACK RHINO is still around, if that's what you mean? But not this subspecies, unless I just couldn't find record of it being still in captivity.

Plus, animals are not considered "extinct" if they are still in captivity, so the wording here is important.
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shewolf51 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Alright, I must've gotten mixed up and assumed the western black was still at a few zoos in the world. My mistake.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, it's an easy mistake to make, I was hoping maybe you found something I didn't, and maybe they did have some in captivity. D: I'm sad they don't.
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shewolf51 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I did some searching and thought I saw a result saying the Lincoln Park Zoo had one but it was just the president making a statement about their extinction. It's definitely a horrible loss but at least there are some subspecies in zoos. Sadly I think the rampant poaching of such animals will continue until it's not nearly as lucrative as it is now and the demand for animal parts in traditional eastern medicine is absolutely huge.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, poachers are a huge problem. -_- And I'm not sure how to keep them away from the animals without keeping the animals in captivity - and sometimes the poachers even get them then!
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marydemauro Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student General Artist
"uneducated animal-lovers all crowd around species who are not even endangered in the name of blind animal favoritism"

THAAAAAAAAANK YOOOOOOUUUUU.

...my gosh, I just feel so crushed. Isn't this the second rhino species that's gone extinct recently? Well yeah, this article is old, but I thought it was a kind of white rhino that had died out. I could be wrong. Either way this is a horrible tragedy.

[link] If anybody's interested, here is a good list of endangered species. Though I don't think they mention scottish wildcats on there. I know that's me practicing animal favoritism, but as there may be only a couple hundred members of the species left you'll forgive me for mentioning them here. :/
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's possible, white rhinos are extremely endangered too, if I've heard right, and subspecies of white rhino may have died out as well. :(

GREAT video, I think there are a few they did not mention, but it's easy to do a quick google search and find which animals need the most help!

And favoritism isn't a problem! xD There are animals I like a lot, too. But you can't let it get in the way of caring for other species as well, was my point. x3
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AxelFlynn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
:c I didn't think I'd see it disappear in my lifetime either. For the past decade, I've seen all kinds of crap about the white, but not the black.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are still some black rhinos, but not this specific type ("western").

...But this scares me, still.
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AxelFlynn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Yeah, me too. Ugh...

My journal is kinda scary too.
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CeilingFen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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