Today it was announced that the last male Northern White Rhinoceros died, he was 45 and lived in a sanctuary surrounded by heavily armed guards. This is probably the end of the species as two females remain but never seemed to be able to breed.
Many evenings I watch documentaries about the accomplishments of mankind, computers, cars, flight, disease prevention and space exploration. Sometimes watching these shows a person can forget about the flip side of mankind. This would be one of those ugly moments. Man can be such a twit, the loss of such a rare animal because of ignorance and superstition. If you can't get an erection, Viagra is a better option than rhino. If it's for fertility, what, seven billion people isn't enough?
It's sad to think that one day children will look at pictures of wild animals and ask their grandparents what it was like to have them around. This is one reason I feel that zoos are a good source of genetic preservation to keep animals from going over the edge. As long as it's done right and they are well taken care of, which I think most zoos in western countries are striving for. It would be sad for a struggling country to finally get their act together, only to discover that it's too late. Maybe it's already too late unless humans rethink population growth.
Unlike the first man on the moon or the invention of personal computers, this is a sad historical moment because regarding the younger generations coming up, we get to say, "I remember when the White Rhinos died out". That's not a legacy to be proud of.