The operator of an eco-tourism area in Nghe An Province, north-central Vietnam is seeking help from competent authorities after six rhinos died of unknown reasons at the venue.
Police and relevant agencies are verifying the deaths of six rhinos at Muong Thanh Ecological Park Dien Lam in Dien Lam Commune, Dieu Chau District, Nghe An, an official from the commune’s administration confirmed on Tuesday.
The provincial forest protection department stated that it received a report about the incident from the venue developer on Saturday last week.
There are a total of nine rhinos at Muong Thanh Safari Land, situated inside Muong Thanh Ecological Park Dien Lam.
The wild animals were bought from overseas several years ago for tourism purposes.
A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper stated that each of the rhinos cost about VND5 billion (US$211,000).
The remaining three rhinos are being closely supervised.
According to the website of Muong Thanh Ecological Park Dien Lam, the safari has more than 2,000 wild animals of about 70 species, including many rare species from Africa and South America.
The rhinos are considered a symbol of rarity at the safari.
Rhinos are classified as rare and endangered animals.
They were quite common in Vietnam in the past before the last rhino was shot dead in 2010, marking the species’ extinction in the Southeast Asian country.