I’m Catie Wayne.
And this is ‘Animalist News.’
A recent death of a northern white rhino on a Kenyan reserve
has left the subspecies all but extinct.
He was one of only two remaining males left
in the entire species, and the other
is thought too old to reproduce.
In total, there are six northern white rhinos left in the world.
I don’t think I need to explain how serious this actually is.
This could easily be the end of this species as we know it.
These incredibly low numbers have humans to blame,
not unlike most cases of endangered animals.
And in the past few years, the numbers
of poached rhinos killed has increased significantly.
In 2013 more than 1,000 rhinos were illegally
killed for their horns.
Because of these numbers, in 20 years
there will likely not be any white rhinos left in the wild.
However, there is an incredibly small glimmer of hope.
A study at the University of Helsinki
suggests that there should be a lift on the 35-year-old ban
on rhino horn products, due to the fact
that rhino horns are made from the same materials
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as human hair and nails, and can grow back.
According to the Kruger National Park,
they grow back at a rate of 12 centimeters a year,
if the base is not damaged.
The horns could be harvested from rhinos
that die of natural causes, or harvested
from live ones with supposedly minimal risk to the rhinos.
This idea only works, though, if the money made in the trade
goes directly back to conserving the animals at risk, not
to mention the very real problem of getting them to reproduce.
What do you guys think?
Should they lift the ban on rhino horn products?
Let’s have a discussion in the comments below.
And if you’d like to educate yourself further
on some of the damage humans have done,
check out this video.
In 40 years, we wiped out half of the animals in the world.
This is astounding!
Please remember like and share this video.
I love you all, and I will see you next time.