Poachers forced their way into a French zoo and killed a southern white rhinoceros named Vince, sawing off one of his horns before fleeing into the night.
The Thoiry Zoo said police are investigating the killing of the 4-year-old animal. The poachers remain at large.
“It is extremely shocking what just happened,” zoo director Thierry Duguet told France’s 20 Minutes newspaper. “An act of such violence, never before seen in Europe.”
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DAKAR (Reuters) – Elephant poachers killed three rangers in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Garamba wildlife park and wounded two other people including the Swedish park manager, environmental officials said.
One of the rangers was found dead near the site of the Saturday attack, said African Parks, which manages the UNESCO world heritage site.
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Poachers shot dead a rhinoceros at a wildlife park in northeast India hours after Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate visited the sanctuary, a wildlife official said Friday.
Rangers found the dead rhino with its horn missing on Thursday — the day the royal couple left the Kaziranga National Park in Assam state, home to two-thirds of the planet’s remaining one-horned rhinos.
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As Yahoo News reports:
Park rangers stand near the remains of three elephants that were killed by poachers in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The eight suspected poachers stood under a tree, apparently unaware they were being tracked by 10 rangers from Congo’s Garamba National Park. But as the rangers approached, gunfire rang out from the tall grass nearby, where other heavily armed men were hidden. The dragnet swiftly turned into a desperate fight for survival.
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