HEADLINE: Last Javan rhino killed in Vietnam, says WWF
CAPTION: The environmental advocacy group WWF says Vietnam has lost the fight to save its endangered Javan rhinoceros. It says poachers have killed the country's last animal for its horn. (25 October 2011)
Indonesia - Date unknown
1. Various of Javan rhino in the wild
Hanoi - 25 October 2011
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nick Cox, manager of WWF Greater Mekong:
"The Vietnam's sub-species of the Javan rhino is now gone from Vietnam and the only population left of the Javan rhino is a small population in Indonesia."
FILE: Cat Tien National Park - November 2010
3. Wide of river
4. Mid of man paddling boat
5. Rhino footprint in forest
6. Reverse tracking shot of forest rangers
Hanoi - 25 October 2011
7. SOUNDBITE (English translation of Vietnamese) Tran Van Thanh, director of Cat Tien national park:
"The rhinos were very sensitive to human's encroaching into their natural environment. We had been trying our best to protect them, but unfortunately, we've failed."
Hanoi - 24 October 2011
8. Close of rhino horn
9. Top shot of traditional healer Tran Kim Quang preparing herbal medicine
10. Close of herbal medicine
11. Tran Kim Quang, traditional healer UPSOUND (Vietnamese):
12. Close of a piece of rhino horn
Hanoi, 25 October 2011
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Nick Cox, manager of WWF Greater Mekong:
"Rhino horn, many people don't realise, is composed mostly of a substance called keratin, which is actually what our fingernails and our hair are made of. It has no medicinal properties whatsoever and it certainly is not capable of curing cancer. Unfortunately, this is a myth that has been created."
14. Wide of WWF's (World Wildlife Fund) news conference announcing the extinction of Vietnam's sub-species of the Javan rhino
15. Mid of Nick Cox, manager of WWF Greater Mekong, at news conference
16. Close of poster with Javan rhino silhouette, reading (English) "Gone but not forgotten!"
The Javan rhinoceros used to live in Vietnam. Not any more.
Nick Cox monitors endangered species and the wildlife trade for the WWF
The Cat Tien National Park had been the only remaining home for the Javan rhino in Vietnam. But there've been no footprints, no dung seen since the last known animal living there was found dead last April. Park director Tran Van Thanh said it wasn't possible for his rangers to stop the hunting...
One big problem is that rhino horn is so valuable -- worth up to $100,000 per kilogram, according to the WWF. Traditional healers like Tran Kim Quang (TRAN KEEM KWANG) work with a number of substances but they believe rhino horn can treat a variety of ailments...
Quang says rhino horn can cure many medical problems, including heart disease, fever and mental illness, he calls it a rare and expensive medicine. But it's the claim the horn can cure cancer that seems to have sent the price really skyrocketing...a claim that Cox takes pains to dismiss..
Unless wildlife advocates can make more headway in debunking the myths, though, rhino everywhere -- including places like South Africa and Zimbabwe, will remain in danger.
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