Poachers Killed A Rhino At A Paris Zoo And Stole Its Horn

Poachers Killed A Rhino At A Paris Zoo And Stole Its Horn

The French government published a decree in August 2016, prohibiting the transport or sale of ivory taken from an elephant or rhinoceros horn. He came to Paris in 2015 with one of the zoo's other rhinos.

Rhino horns are illegal to sell, but go for about $42,000 on the black market, NBC News reported.

"His second horn has only been partially cut would indicate that the criminals may have been disturbed or that their equipment turned out to be defective".

Thoiry Zoo, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Paris, features a safari park that visitors can only access in a vehicle.

Thoiry Zoo officials said that the killers may have been interrupted before they could steal the horns of Grace and Bruno, two other rhinoceroses living with Vince.

"Vince was found this morning by the keeper who was very attached to him and is deeply upset", the zoo announced on Facebook.

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Two other rhinos in the enclosure ― 5-year-old Bruno and 37-year-old Grace ― were unharmed. "This odious act was carried out even though there were five staff members living on site and security cameras".

An estimated 21,000 white rhinos remain in the wild worldwide, mainly in South Africa and Uganda.

Intruders at a French zoo have shot dead a white rhino and hacked off its horns in a grizzly overnight poaching incident, the police and the zoo said Tuesday.

Vince was born in September 2012 at Burger's Zoo in the Netherlands.

Zookeepers discovered his carcass Tuesday in the rhinoceros' enclosure.

He added: "It's not easy to kill a rhino weighing several tonnes just like that". "Any trade in rhino horn fuels demand, encourages poachers and traffickers, and puts more rhinos at risk".