African rhino species now extinct

Rhinos

A leading organization dealing with conservation is warning that 25 percent of mammals are at risk of extinction.

But the damage may have already been done for some species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN says the Western Black Rhino in western Africa has now been officially declared extinct.

While the Northern White Rhino in central Africa is on the brink of being wiped out.

John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES, the international agreement between governments for preserving endangered species, says there must be an increase in the international response to save the rhino.

"With the current spate of illegal activities with respect to the poaching of rhinos, the taking of the horn, we have to step our response. Through the convention secretariat here at Cities, our parties have set up a working group to deal with the rhinos issues. But we are also directly engaging with other key partners, INTERPOL, world customs organisations, UNODC to get involved with the justice system and the World Bank who are helping us with money laundering, we need a response that will commensurate with scale of the risk and that is what we think we are doing."

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