Poachers kill rhino at French zoo, remove horn

Mar 08, 2017, 00:21
Poachers kill rhino at French zoo, remove horn

The 4-year-old white male rhinoceros named Vince had been shot three times in the head. According to police, the poachers fled before they could completely remove the second horn, either because they were disturbed or because their equipment failed, The Guardian reported.

"This was carried out despite the presence of five members of staff who live on the site and (despite) security cameras", the zoo said.

The poacher, or poachers, might have forced a door open at the back of the zoo before entering a building where the zoo's three rhinos lived.

Although a United Nations convention prohibits the global trade of horns and tusks, they are still in high demand, particularly in China and other Asian countries where rhino horn - typically consumed in powdered form - is claimed to have aphrodisiac and medicinal properties. Two other rhinos in the same enclosure were not harmed.

The rhino's ivory horn could be sold for thousands of dollars and is in high demand in China, where it is believed to be an aphrodisiac.

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Rhinos the world over are poached in huge numbers, particularly by those after their lucrative horns, which are used in traditional Chinese medicines.

The animal is behind the very popular African Animal Park Reserve. "Hundreds of white rhinos have been killed annually in recent years", the WWF says.

Vince was born at a zoo in the Netherlands, and had been living at Thoiry Zoo since 2015.

On their Facebook page, the zoo described the "heinous act" and revealed it had "deeply affected" the animal's carer. The black rhino (Diceros bicornis) is critically endangered, with around 5,042 to 5,455 individuals left in the wild, according to the International Rhino Foundation.