2011: The Year in Animal Extinctions

The Javan Rhino

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Cat Tien Vietnam Javan Rhino photo

credit: WWF-Greater Mekong

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Perhaps the saddest story of the year was that of the Javan rhino.

After much research, it was confirmed that the last of the species surviving in the wild in Vietnam had been killed by poachers. This led to a declaration of extinction for the species.

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