This week has had its share of terrible poaching headlines. Vince, a Thoiry Zoo rhino, was shot and killed, then his horn was taken off with a chainsaw.
The poachers were clearly professionals as they went through three layers of security to access the rhino.
The French are in shock as this is the first incident of its kind in Europe.
It is certainly troubling to think that even captive animals are at risk from poaching. A rhino horn is worth about $40,000 on the ivory market. I fear this bold crime will lead to more vicious poaching attempts in other zoos around the world. According to The Guardian, European zoos are on high alert following the incident.
Photo: my local zoo’s rhino