Vietnam’s Javan Rhino Is Extinct. Which Species Is Next?
Across Vietnam, China and other Southeast Asian countries, forests are emptying of their animals. The poaching crisis has reached epidemic proportions as Vietnam and its neighbors’ burgeoning middle classes gain wealth and fuel demand for rare wildlife products for use in traditional Chinese medicine or as restaurant delicacies.
With its confirmed extirpation from Vietnam, conservationists believe the critically endangered rhinos now only exist in an isolated population in Indonesia, hovering at a minimum of 35 individuals.