NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has mobilized security personnel to
hunt for poachers who killed three rhinos at Meru
National Park in the eastern part of the country, an
official said on Thursday.
Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, said an
elite security team had been deployed to Meru National
Park and its vicinity to nab the criminal gang behind
the killing of two adult black rhinos and a calf on
“It is with
a heavy heart that we announce the poaching of three
rhinos on Wednesday night at the Rhino Sanctuary in Meru
National Park. The security team upon hearing gunshots
reacted swiftly and laid ambushes at strategic points
though it did not yield results,” Balala told reporters.
that a covert operation has been going on to help arrest
the heavily armed gang behind the latest killing of
black rhinos whose horns fetch huge sums of money in the
intelligence officers are already conducting probe on
the culprits behind the first case of rhino poaching
this year. An aerial and ground search could provide
useful leads to help arrest these criminals,” said
that surveillance has been enhanced in all protected
wildlife sanctuaries to deter poaching of large mammals
like elephants and rhinos.
specifically beefed up security in protected parks and
Laikipia area in northern Kenya where there is a large
herd of elephants and rhinos,” said Balala.
lately won global acclaim for rolling out interventions
that have led to a significant reduction in poaching of
iconic wildlife species.
that poaching has been on a downward spiral thanks to
law enforcement, retraining of wildlife rangers,
community participation and adoption of surveillance
interventions led to 85 percent reduction in rhino
poaching and 78 percent reduction in elephant poaching
in 2017,” said Balala adding that Kenya lost 69
elephants and 9 rhinos to poaching last year.
Cabinet Secretary Najib
Balala Holds Press Briefing At KWS Headquarters
Kenya continues to enjoy leadership in
wildlife conservation as demonstrated by increased
wildlife populations – elephants at over 34,000
individuals and rhinos at more than 1,000 individuals:
because of this, it is with a heavy heart that we
announce the poaching of three (3) rhinos yester night,
May 02, 2018 at the Rhino Sanctuary in Meru National
Park, where we lost two black rhinos and a calf.
is a blow to the successes which have recently been seen
in the declining poaching curve, engendered by enhanced
wildlife law enforcement efforts and Government
investment in conservation. These efforts culminated in
85% reduction in rhino poaching and 78% reduction in
elephant poaching in 2017(nine rhinos and 69 elephants
lost) compared to when poaching was at its zenith in
2012 and 2013.
successes were further bolstered by intricate security
strategies to enhance the wildlife security situation in
the country, in addition to collaboration with other
security agencies, the Judiciary and other stakeholders
within and beyond our borders.
incident at the Rhino Sanctuary occurred at
approximately 6.30pm. Upon hearing gunshots, the
security teams based on the ground headed towards the
direction of the gunshots, laying ambushes at strategic
points until morning. These did not yield results.
ground and aerial search was orchestrated at first
light, whereupon the carcasses of two adult rhinos and a
calf were discovered with their horns missing. There
were no signs of the perpetrators of the poaching, but
the teams on the ground, both overt and covert, are
diligently following up on promising leads.
In light of
this, the Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Najib Balala,
EGH, visited KWS headquarters today to evaluate the
security system with a view to boosting surveillance on
all fronts, more especially poaching and human-wildlife
translocates endangered black rhinos to Chad
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua)
-- South Africa on Thursday
began the translocation of black rhinos to Chad amid
intensified efforts to salvage the endangered animal.
Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa
witnessed the loading and departure of black rhinos from
the Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape Province.
part of an initiative to reintroduce rhinos to the
African country under an agreement signed between South
Africa and Chad in 2017.
agreement on the re-introduction of black rhinos to Chad
seeks to re-establish a rhino population in Chad as part
of the broader biodiversity initiatives between South
Africa and Chad, Molewa said.
establishing a viable and secure rhino population of
rhino in Chad, we are contributing to the expansion of
the rhino population in Africa, and the survival of a
species that has faced high levels of poaching for the
past decade,” said Molewa.
translocation of black rhinos is being achieved through
a collaboration between the South African Department of
Environmental Affairs, the government of Chad, South
African National Parks and the African Parks Foundation.
are being translocated to the Zakouma National Park in
Chad which has experienced a dramatic decrease due to
poaching since 2010. The last black rhino in Chad was
seen in Zakouma in the 1970s.
historically home to at least two rhinoceros species -
the northern white rhinos and the western black rhinos.
Translocation is but one of the interventions being
implemented by South Africa a part of the Integrated
Strategic Management of Rhinoceros Approach, said Molewa.
approach includes compulsory interventions,
interventions to increase rhino numbers, long-term
sustainability interventions and game-changing
interventions,” she said.
has also translocated black and white rhinos to a number
of other African countries, including Botswana,
Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Namibia, Mozambique,
Kenya and Swaziland.
Africa, home of more than 80 percent of rhino population
in the world, bears the brunt of rhino poaching, lossing
1,028 rhinos to poaching last year.