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things are quickly worsening for rhinos: Massive wholesale poaching...

Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by leashedForLife, Mar 9, 2017.


  1. leashedForLife

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    the spike in prices for rhino-horn has driven poaching into the hands of pros -
    on Tues, March 7, a 4-YO white ['weid'] rhino was found dead in his enclosure in a French zoo, shot in the head, then his larger horn was removed with a chain-saw. His smaller horn had been sawn, but not fully removed, so the poachers left in a helluva hurry.
    Still, one more innocent animal died. :(
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    http://www.livescience.com/58155-white-rhino-killed-at-french-zoo.html
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    the violence in this "industry" - & it is one, make no mistake - is on the rise.
    Last month, 2 men with automatic weapons took over a rhino orphanage in SAfrica, held the staff hostage, & killed 2 orphans on the premises. The young rhinos there are all motherless, orphaned by the poaching mania.
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    the last 3 members of the Northern White Rhino subspecies are aging & cannot breed.
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    http://www.livescience.com/52889-nola-northern-white-rhino-dies.html
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    the 42-YO male, Sudan, is too old to mount a female, & his sperm quality is poor, researchers told Live Science in June. Najin & Fatu, the females, are also unable to breed. Najin is old & has health problems. Fatu, who has never bred, has uterine problems & may be infertile.
    Veterinarians are developing IVF methods to create northern white rhino embryos. They're trying to harvest eggs from the females, & sperm from Sudan. Any embryos could one day be carried by southern white rhinos - close relatives of the northern subspecies.
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