Animal Planet star rhino dies in Zimbabwe

JOHANNESBURG - A rhino that featured in a popular television adventure series set in Zimbabwe has had to be put down after she was shot and seriously wounded by poachers.

White Rhino2-jpgZimbabwe has only around 800 rhinos left after poachers last year killed around 50 rhinos countrywide.

Ntombe the rhino featured in Karina, Wild on Safari, a popular Animal Planet series five years ago.

It took game rangers several days to track down the eight-year-old rhino after shots were heard in the Matopos National Park.

The Bhejane Trust, a conservation group, said on Saturday that vets had to put her down as there was no possibility of saving her life.

It’s not clear yet where in the park Ntombe was shot.

Parts of it are an intensive rhino protection zone guarded around the clock by armed rangers.

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