The Javan rhino has been declared extinct in Vietnam, leaving only about 50 the species remaining in Java, Indonesia — and again raising the concerns of environmentalists about greed overcoming Vietnam’s fragile ecosystem.
Illegal poaching caused the extinction because the horns of rhinos are believed by some to cure cancer and other serious diseases and ailments, although there isn’t any scientific evidence of such claims.
Javan rhinos were thought to be extinct until a small population was discovered two decades ago. The World Wildlife Federation and other organizations tried to protect the rhino and helped establish a national park in Vietnam to do so, but the poachers ended up prevailing.
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