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West African black rhino: Extinct in 2011

Black rhinoceros mother and calf. Image: Yathin S Krishnappa

The West African black rhino is one of three subspecies of the black rhino that have gone extinct, all of which were once common throughout Africa.

The population was decimated by poachers who killed the rhinos for their horn; the rest of the animal was discarded.

The horn, made of keratin (the same protein that makes up our fingernails) is smuggled into Asia illegally for its “medicinal benefits” despite the fact that the supposed benefits have been disproven on multiple occasions.

Unfortunately, all black rhinos are critically endangered due to this practice.