In zoos began to massively cut down the horns of rhinoceroses.

In the zoo of the Czech city of Dvur-Kralove nad Labem, there are two dozen rhinoceroses. Soon they will all lose their horns: there is no other way to protect them from poachers. Rhinos around the world are killed by poachers: their horns are very expensive and have a high demand in the black market. On average, the rhino horn weighs between 1.5 and 4 kg, and for one kilogram of horns it is possible to gain $ 60,000 - so the number of rhinoceroses on the planet is steadily decreasing and nothing can be done about it ... Moreover, poachers attack animals no longer only in their natural habitat, but also in zoos. So, in early March, a rhinoceros was killed in the zoo of France, and his horn is cut by a chainsaw. This is true, the first such case in the history of zoos in Europe, but in the zoosadhes sounded the alarm ... The first responded to the threat of the zoo of the Czech city of Dvur-Kralove nad Labem. On its territory live 21 rhinoceroses, including three cubs. These are black (Diceros bicornis) and white (Ceratotherium simum) rhinoceroses, and both these species are on the verge of extinction. Representatives of the zoo decided: for safety, remove the horns from 18 adults! The institution explains that this procedure is worked out and the rhinoceroses will not hurt: the animal is anesthetized and saw off the horn, and sharp edges are treated. It is noted that the deprivation of the rhinoceros so important for him body for the sake of protection from poachers in the zoo will be carried out for the first time. In the world, however, this procedure is already practiced: so, in 2016, the authorities of Zimbabwe were instructed to sprinkle horns already in 700 rhinoceroses. This, of course, is an unprecedented decision, but there is nowhere to go: in this country, hunting for rhinos is particularly active: only in 2015 at the hands of poachers killed more than 1.3 thousand animals. And, of course, I want to recall once again the sad fate of the northern white rhinos. The northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) is considered the second largest land animal after the elephant. At the beginning of the last century it was common in South and North-East Africa. However, because of poachers that killed animals for the sake of horns, the population began to decline sharply. So, back in 1960 there were about 2000 individuals on the planet, however in 2008 poachers killed the last representatives of the northern subspecies of white rhinoceros living in nature. Now on Earth there are only three individuals of this species of animals - and they all live in zoos ...

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