Both the World Wildlife Fund and the International Rhino Foundation have declared Vietnam’s rare Javan rhinoceros extinct in that area after a group of poachers killed the last remaining animal in the country for its horns.
Once the most widespread of the Asian rhinoceroses, the Javan Rhinoceros lived in a habitat from the islands of Indonesia, throughout Southeast Asia, and into India and China. The species is now critically endangered, with only one known population in the wild, and none in zoos. One of the rarest large mammals on earth, a population of less than fifty live in Ujung Kulon National Park on the island of Java in Indonesia and as of today no more remain from the once small population in Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam. The decline and trajectory towards extinction of the Javan Rhinoceros is attributed to poaching, primarily for their horns, which are highly sought after in traditional Chinese medicine, worth as much as $30,000 per kilogram on the black market.
Thanks to Humans, up to 20% of all living populations could become extinct by 2028, and if current rates of human destruction of the biosphere continue, one-half of all species of life on earth will most likely be extinct in 100 years. This is just another sad chapter in that story.