The equipment consist of two
vehicles, three motorbikes, cameras, computers,
binoculars, and tents among others.
Tuesday June 26, 2018 three rhinos were captured by
a highly specialized KWS capture team using a
helicopter to round them up after which they were
immobilized by veterinary doctors and scientists,
then loaded into containers before being ferried by
trucks to Tsavo East National Park.
A similar exercise will be carried out on Friday
June 29, 2018 to capture and translocate three more
rhinos to TENP with the remaining two of the
targeted eight being moved on Monday July 2, 2018.
A similar translocation exercise will be
undertaken in Nakuru National Park where six more
black rhinos will be moved to TENP on July 5th and
A total of 14 rhinos will therefore be
translocated from the Nairobi National Park and
Nakuru National to Tsavo East National Park in a new
The sanctuary in the expansive park is a joint effort between
WWF and KWS, with WWF being the main funders.
By the end of
2017, Kenya had a rhino population of 1,258 (745 Black rhinos,
510 southern white rhinos and three Northern white rhinos, the
only surviving northern White rhino Male died in March 2018,
thus only two females remain) having grown from less than 400
rhinos in 1980’s.
This indicates that the population has gradually been growing
despite challenges. This has been the result of concerted efforts from KWS,
private landholders, communities, county Governments, local and
However these efforts must be sustained as the numbers remain
relatively low and the species remains critically endangered.