The plot of Big Game comes true: Some awful person just really killed a rhino in a French zoo

For those of you who don’t know, the plot of my book Big Game is about someone trying to poach an endangered rhino from a zoo, possibly to steal its horn.

Well, that has now happened in real life.  Yesterday, in a French Zoo near Paris, poachers broke in, killed a four year old rhino and stole its horn.  You can read the story by clicking here.  This is the victim:

I am devastated by this news.  When I came up with the idea for Big Game, it was because I actually had a fear that something like this might happen some day.  But I really hoped it wouldn’t.

The reason this happened is because the price of rhino horn is ridiculously high.  There are still horribly misinformed people out there who believe that rhino horn has the power to cure diseases such of cancer, even though that has never been proven.  (Rhino horn is made of keratin, which is the same stuff that your fingernails are made of.)  As long as there is demand for rhino horn, no matter how dumb the reasons, people will be killing rhinos.

One species of rhino, the African northern white rhino, will go extinct in the next few years.  There only three of them left in the world.

But there is also a decent chance that all species will be extinct in the wild soon, unless extreme action is taken.

If you want to help, I suggest you visit these sites and learn what you can do:

rhinos.org

World Wildlife Fund

Save the Rhino

Thanks,

Stuart

119 thoughts on “The plot of Big Game comes true: Some awful person just really killed a rhino in a French zoo

  1. The last male rhino died.? There’s only two left but they’re both girls. Once they’re gone, that’s it.

  2. Bob –

    Cloning rhinos is theoretically possible, but you still need a female rhino to give birth to that clone, and right now, we need the female rhinos we have left to give birth to rhinos of their own species.

  3. bob –

    Look at the right hand side of every page of this site and you will see a box that lists my upcoming releases.

  4. Seriously, if the people want what rhino horns, they can just chop off their fingernails and have basically the same thing. I feel so bad for the rhino.

  5. person –

    Well, the main problem is that people don’t realize that their fingernails and the horns are both made of keratin. They truly believe that the horn is something special. Which is why education is the best way to stop the slaughter.

  6. OMG! That is so horrible! I cannot imagine that happening to anything, no more than a poor rhino, why do people do this?!

  7. Thar is cool. I don’t know if I am right, but I think that hair and fingernails are made up from the samw thing.

  8. This is so upsetting! Rhinos are such big and gentle beasts. Why would anyone want to mess with them? This is messed UP.

  9. And elephants are killed for tusks just because it is made of ivory and can be used in jewelry.

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