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:

World Wildlife Fund

Save the Rhino



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

  1. Stu-
    I’ve recently notified that none of your books end in the main plot being solved and not really big of a cliffhanger. Do you have any reason for that? Would you maybe do it one day?

  2. Aiden

    I’m not trying to be a jerk here but I don’t understand your comment. Are you saying that you have heard that my books don’t end with the mysteries being solved? Because that’s absolutely not true. any way you could rephrase your question?

  3. Stu –
    I was wondering if you will ever come to London. I’m sure there are lots of people here who would love to meet you!

  4. Adam –

    I would LOVE to come to London for book events. If the opportunity arises to do something there, I will jump at it.

  5. Stu,

    I love your books and I have read them 5+ times each, you are my favorite writer.
    Could You involve a beaver in your next story?


  6. Peter –

    I am very impressed and flattered that you have read my books so many times, but I can’t take suggestions from readers, no matter how devoted they are.

  7. Stu

    Can Doc have a grandson who comes to live at funjungle?Since Martian del Gato released info that sent Doc’s daughter to jail after book 1.

  8. I am a humongus fan of all your books I have read every spy school, funjungle and space case book available and I am excited for Spy School Secret Service. Will the president in the white house be Trump, Barack’O’Bama or someone fictional?

  9. Peter –

    The president will be fictional.

    Also, our previous president’s name was Obama, not O’Bama. He wasn’t Irish.

  10. stu

    Maybe she didn’t tell doc about her child for protection or she could have recently adopted a child. Either way is possible.

  11. Stu

    I LOVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS! But I have one question, how long will the FunJungle series go on for? (Reason I say this is because I love the FunJungle series and I wish it was a real zoo.)

  12. “I wonder how maby I could like um save the rhinos and became famouse but like save the rhinos cause that would be awsome”.

  13. -Stu

    are you going to write any more books for the last musketeer series? or is three all your going to do

  14. Jonathan –

    We are very far from a FJ5 cover release — a giving a book release date. I haven’t even started writing the book yet.

  15. Matthew H –

    I don’t think there will be any more Musketeer books. If you go back through my blog history you can find a post explaining why.

  16. Mr. Gibbs,
    You should do a short one shot crossover between FunJungle and SpySchool. Lots of people would enjoy it, and I think that it would be cool. I know that you don’t take suggestions from readers, but I hope that you’ll consider it.

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