The Extinction of Africa's Western Black Rhino Term Paper by Carly Evans

A study of what factors caused the extinction of the western black rhino of Africa and the conservation efforts now underway to protect other rhinos.
# 150738 | 1,800 words | 11 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published by on Apr 01, 2012 in Environmental Studies (Wildlife Protection)

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This paper explores the rhinoceros species, specifically the western black rhinoceros of Africa and its extinction in the wild. The reasons why the western black rhinoceros is extinct are explored, as well as what other rhinoceros species are facing extinction in both Africa and Asia. Finally, conservation efforts are discussed and the effect these efforts have had on the rhinoceros populations in select areas of Africa and Asia.

Basic Information about the Black Rhinoceros
Reasons for Extinction
Other Rhinoceros' That Are Threatened or Extinct
Protective Measures for Other Rhinoceros Species
The Future of the Rhinoceros Species

From the Paper:

"Since all rhinoceros species are at a high risk of becoming extinct and many species are already dwindling in number, conservation efforts to save the remaining species of wild rhinoceros are in full effect with the support of " governments, communities, scientists, and conservation organizations..." (African Wildlife Foundation, 2012). Conservation efforts are generally broken down based on the geographical location of the rhinoceros and who is sponsoring the effort.

"While conservation for the western African black rhinoceros ended in the eventual extinction of the species in the wild, there is still hope for the southern-central black rhinoceros, the southern-western black rhinoceros, and the east-African black rhinoceros all of which are listed at Critically Endangered. The International Rhino Foundation is one foundation that focuses its efforts in Africa on saving these remaining black rhinoceros species. Specifically, the "IRF focuses its black rhino work in Zimbabwe, where, intensive efforts have led to the recovery of black rhinos to more than 400 animals, now the fourth largest population in Africa" (International Rhino Foundation, 2012). Additionally, The IRF has placed a significant focus on re-establishing the sanctity of rhinoceros conservancies which have been breached as a result of land reformation and poachers encroaching on protected land (International Rhino Foundation, 2012). The International Rhino Foundation explains its conservancy work in Africa stating,
"IRF works primarily in the lowveld conservancies of Zimbabwe, where we collaborate with local communities to ensure the safety of the animals through monitoring and anti-poaching patrols. Our rhino teams regularly remove snares and bullets, provide veterinary treatment, and rescue at risk rhinos, moving them to safer areas" (2012)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • African Wildlife Foundation. "Rhino Conservation."
  • "A Final Farewell: The Western Black Rhino Goes Extinct." (2011). News.
  • "Black Rhinoceros." (2012). National Geographic.
  • Boettcher, Daniel. (2011). "Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct." BBC News.
  • Conservation Report. (2009). "Critically Endangered Species: Javan Rhinoceros Very Close to Extinction."

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