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Rhinos May Be Poached Into Extinction

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There has been a recent spike in rhino poaching, and it may lead the entire species right into extinction.

So park rangers have literally militarized.

This is crazy.

The have machine guns and run through drills and exercises so they can take on the poachers who kill poor rhinos just to get their horns.

26 poachers have died because of intense gun fights with the park rangers!

Check out the above video to hear more about their story.

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L.A. Mountain Lion Killed By Poachers

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Mountain Lion

Awful!

State game wardens found a dead mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains in California.

The poor lion was caught, killed and mutilated by poachers.

He was a collared lion, having been tracked by researchers for over two years until his collar just recently stopped sending signals.

And that's when he was found.

This is the second lion to die recently in LA, the first having been killed during morning rush hour trying to cross the freeway.

It's so sad that we're unable to coexist. If only the lions could be more like the Moscow subway dogs…

[Image via Catherine Higley/WENN.]

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Rhinos De-Horned To Stop Poachers

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This is so sad.

Poaching is so bad in South Africa, that private game reserves are literally removing the horns from rhinoceroses so poachers will stop slaughtering them.

They say the horn is like a nail or hoof, so trimming it down doesn't hurt the rhinos so that's good at least.

Check out the above video but beware, it is graphic.

We guess it is better to be alive with no horn, than dead.

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Little Baby Gorilla Rescued From Poachers

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SO SO CUTE!!

THANK. GAWD. If this little gorilla hadn't be rescued by poachers the image of him snuggling up to his vet would have never been captured on film.

We CAN NOT believe someone wanted kill!

If your fave animal anything other than a gorilla this video might change your mind.

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6 Orphaned Gorilla Baby Are Looking For A Home

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6 Orphaned Gorilla Baby

Anyone want a gorilla?

Two African governments are working together to try to find homes for 6 orphaned baby gorillas. The baby gorillas had been stolen by poachers.

The Mountain Gorillas are between the ages of 5 and 8. They were smuggled out of the Democratic Republic of Congo into Rwanda. Authorities believe they were going to be sold by unknown buyers. They also believe the gorillas' parents were killed.

The gorillas were rescued by Rwandan authorities, treated by doctors and then flown to a new gorilla rescue center where they will be introduced to other rescued gorillas.

Eventually they will be released back into the wild.

[image via the San Diego Zoo]

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Rehabilitation Center For Orphaned Gorillas Opens In The Congo

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GRACE Grauer's Gorillas

Yay!

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has opened the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) first rehabilitation center for orphaned Grauer's gorillas often taken violently out of the wild by poachers.

GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education) is located in a rural and remote area on the east side of the country, offering up to 30 gorillas 350 acres of natural habitat to roam.

The young gorillas are physically and emotionally fragile since suffering traumatic conditions, but the center aims to teach them how to survive in the wild as a new, self-sufficient "family," with a longer-term goal to release them into a natural habitat in a neighboring forest in the Congo Basin.

GRACE is opening just in time too because according to the center's manager, Sandy Jones:

"All of the gorilla species are endangered because Congo is so unexplored they have not done a real census on how many Grauer's gorillas there are, but at the rate at which we know they are being killed and the forest is being destroyed we are really concerned that if things aren't stopped and changed now they can be wiped out very soon."

The freshman class, consisting of four young gorillas ranging between 1 and 5-years-old, were recently transported GRACE by airlift with the help of the United Nations peacekeeping force stationed in the DRC.

Dr. Eddie Kambale, of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, who helped transport the first class said:

"The gorillas are enjoying this place compared to where they were…now they are in the real forest and they are climbing and getting some forest food, so they are happy."

So are we!

More Grauer's gorillas, a subspecies related to the Mountain gorilla that live exclusively in eastern DRC, will be transferred to GRACE early next year.

[Image via CNN.]

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