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: