The manager of the Ghaub Park, located in the north of the country, Joachim Rust, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Sunday.
According to the report, a dead rhino named Zanna, which had been raised by its owners as an orphaned baby, was found dead by rangers on May 16. The animal had been shot, its horns chopped off, it said.
Zanna’s 13-month-old calf has been missing since the attack, and an intensive search is underway, Rust said. Rhino calves are fed their mother’s milk until they are 18 months old.
Another rhino shot by the poachers was found dead two days later and five kilometers away.
“The poor animal died from its injuries over a prolonged period of time and must have suffered tremendous pain,” Rust said.
According to the manager, in the hours before its death, the rhino had repeatedly rubbed its body against trees, probably to relieve its pain.