Wild black rhinos have been completely wiped out (hunted for their horns) across the whole of west Africa, according to the most recent assessment drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN report also warns that a subspecies of white rhino may also have disappeared in central Africa and that 25% of the world’s mammals are at risk of extinction.
Does the threat to so many species worry you? Do you share wildlife expert Chris Packham’s view that with cases such as the giant panda extinction is to be expected, and that conservation money could maybe be better spent elsewhere? From dodo to rhino, do you think animal extinction always deserves the headlines it gets and, if so, which species we should concentrate on trying to protect. guardian.co.uk