Black rhino in West Africa poached to extinction

Rhinos

The black rhino in West Africa has been declared officially extinct by a leading conservation group.

A list of endangered species, drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), says the sub-specie has been wiped out and other kinds of rhinos are on the brink of extinction.

One reason is the demand for rhino horn, which is at an all time high, reaching as much as $50,000 a kilo.

CITES, an international agreement for preserving endangered species, say over 330 rhinos have been killed this year, their horns destined for the traditional medicine markets of South East Asia.

John Scanlon, Secretary General of CITES, shared his concerns with Richard Hillary.

Duration: 2'52''

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