Saturday, July 29, 2006

West Africa Black Rhino Lost

More than a week ago, I was saddened a bit when I heard of the probability that the West African Black Rhino was extinct. It appears that that has been confirmed.

I don't consider myself an environmentalist and definitely calling me a tree hugger would make me laugh. However, when a larger mammal that most of us have seen in pictures or Discovery Channel or any other wildlife program becomes extinct, it means that all of us has lost something we could easily have related to in some way. We may not all realize it but once it is gone, it is gone.

As for reintroduction of species back into the wild, that is easier said than done and will just as likely meet with failure as success. Sometimes, such reintroduction programs also have unintended consequences as with the
North American Condor.


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