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‘Tame’ rhino butchered in Laikipia

15/08/2011 00:31:03

Max was found dead on June 30th, 2011. He has 17 bullets in him and both horns had been removed by poachers.

Ol Pejeta's best know rhino, Max, killed by poachers
August 2011. In the early morning hours, the sound of automatic gunfire broke the silence on Ol Pejeta. Within minutes, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy's patrol team arrived at the scene to find that their semi tame rhino, Max, was dead, with both his horns missing.

Max had 17 bullets in him, and even though he had been dehorned recently, the poachers hacked off his face in search of this increasingly valuable commodity. Max was a southern white rhinos that had been hand-reared on Ol Pejeta since he was three. He was particularly close to the hearts of everyone at Ol Pejeta.

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Very sad at the death of MAX

I am really sad about this. Having watched the BBC's programme LAST CHANCE TO SEE (Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry) about Rhinos, I was very keen to see MAX when I visited Ol Pejeta. I did manage to see him and also the Northern White Rhinos which featured in the follow-up programme. The rangers are doing a fantastic job looking after the NW (and some other) rhinos in the special secure area. Max was not kept in this area so I guess he was more vulnerable - particularly as he was so approachable.

Posted by: Zoopenguinwatcher | 06 Sep 2011 21:32:07

Sylvia Rankin

Totally agree with comments the Chinese Goverment should track down these people ,and also how cruel to the poor Rhino do they honestly believe in this rubbish thats its helps with their health.It will be to late when there on none left.Our own government should be pressurizing the Chinese Government money seems to matter over animals as well as people.

Posted by: Sylvia Rankin | 21 Aug 2011 12:11:47

Rhino Murder

This is just sad. I hope that they catch the poachers and make an example of them and also trace the people who trade in this vile practice. Shame the horns can't be poisoned so that anyone touching them dies a horrible death..

Posted by: sue kipps | 20 Aug 2011 22:53:14

dehorned rhino

So they butchered him to get the remnants of the horn...what will they do when all the rhinos become extinct? Get sick, be unable to maintain an erection...I've got some faux rhino horn and you won't know what kills you until after you've ingested it. It will be cut with something very UNHEALTHY!

Posted by: Carol Reins | 19 Aug 2011 23:12:42


This makes me sick to the pit of my stomach. Hope the Chinese people are proud of themselves! Rhinos are one of the most amazing creatures on this planet and I cannot understand how anyone could do this. Hang the bastards if caught.

Posted by: John Nicolson | 19 Aug 2011 22:18:25

Stop the Chinese

I agree with the comment above. When is the world going to pressure the Chinese especially, to put an end to this barbaric, wasteful and superstitious habit. This truly sickens me to see these beautiful animals killed for something so outrageously stupid. Throw the book at these heartless bastards. (excuse my language)

Posted by: kkrininger | 19 Aug 2011 15:16:09

The Chinese Market is to blame

Send this to the Chinese embassy! This sounds terrible, but generally speaking they are a race which has no respect for wildlife.

How many of the world's endangered species do they eat? How many do they treasure body parts from for their idiotic medical claims? I despair I really do.

Posted by: greenguyyuk | 15 Aug 2011 13:20:56

Tame’ rhino butchered in Laikipia

How sad, when are we going to able to put a stop to poaching animal parts. Its one thing killing an animal for food but this is just barbaric. We need to bring poachers & anyone selling animal parts to justice, long sentances & big financial fines.

Posted by: Philip Petrou | 15 Aug 2011 12:59:53

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