Western black rhino now extinct

According to the newest “Red List of Endangered Species,” from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the western black rhinoceros is extinct. The white rhino may also be extinct in the wild, with a few specimens still surviving in captivity.

The extinction of the western black rhinos was caused chiefly by poachers who killed the animals for their horns. Rhinoceros horn fetches a high price on the black market and is used in China and other countries as an aphrodisiac.