Tragic news in South Africa, from BBC:
“Rhinos Impi and Gugu had their horns taken after a gang of poachers took staff hostage at the Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night.
Gugu was killed instantly but Impi survived, only to have to be put down the next morning due to his injuries.
Staff members are understood to have been assaulted during the attack.”
Rhinos are in even more danger than elephants. In the early 20th century, there were 100,000 black rhinos in Africa. Now, their population is less than 6,000. Without greater protection, African rhinos could be extinct (aside from those in captivity) within ten years.
(Photo taken at my local zoo)