Ivory thieves steal elephant tusk from Wingham Wildlife Park near Canterbury
An elephant tusk has been stolen from Wingham Wildlife Park near Canterbury.
Two men removed it from the park's museum of natural history and ethnography, where it is on display so people can touch it.
Kent Police have spoken to staff and are checking CCTV of the park after the theft, at just before 2pm on Saturday.
An elephant tusk stolen from Wingham Wildlife Park
Owners Tony and Jackie Binskin said they are sickened by the theft.
Jackie said: "Having ivory in a location where it can be touched securely is not going to be an option for us any more because it seems people will always find a way to abuse the way we are trying to teach children about why elephants are dying in the wild for such items."
The tusk was part of a display about the international trade in elephant ivory.
Wingham Wilflife Park over Tony Binskin
Money was also stolen from two fish feeders in the tropical house.
Tony said: "The fish food only costs 50p and are emptied daily.
"With it being the end of the season they could not have got much money out of them. The change in the machines is probably worth far less than it will cost the park to replace these feeders."
Anyone with information is urged to phone police on 101.
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