identity0 writes: The BBC reports that the Western Black Rhino subspecies in West Africa (Diceros bicornis longipes) was declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Other populations of rhinos remain, although another species is listed as close to extinction. The main culprit appears to be poaching, to quote from the article Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission: "They had the misfortune of occurring in places where we simply weren't able to get the necessary security in place. You've got to imagine an animal walking around with a gold horn; that's what you're looking at, that's the value". A sad day for all of us.