Poachers Killed Rhino for Horns in France

Ella Mago, Staff Writer

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Poachers killed a four-year-old baby rhino, Vince, for his horns. Vince was found dead in the Thoiry Zoo in France. The African rhino’s horn is set for high prices on the black market, with about 100 African rhino’s killed every month. The white rhino is close to extinction, but their numbers have risen to a population of over 20,000. Although they have not been rendered extinct, poachers numbers have increased and they have been targeting rhinos horns.

Keepers revealed that poachers killed Vincent when they snuck into the zoo overnight. They then took the horn, which would be sold for as much as $60,000. The poachers left one of Vincent’s horns cut by a chainsaw. The Thoiry Zoo’s two other white rhinos, Gracie and baby Bruno, escaped from the poachers. The Thoiry Zoo employees have also revealed that it would be the first time poachers have attacked a rhino that was currently living in a European zoo.

France banned trading ivory horns in 2016.

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