NAKURU (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan wildlife authorities said
on Tuesday that they have intensified search for suspected
poachers who killed a 12-year-old male rhino during a raid at
the Lake Nakuru National Park on Monday night.
Udoto, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Corporate Communications
Manager, said security agencies are pursuing the suspects in all
He said two rangers who were on duty have been interdicted
pending investigations by the Directorate of Criminal
Investigations (DCI) into their culpability.
Catherine Wambani, Senior Warden at Lake Nakuru National Park
said the poachers made away with the slain rhino’s horns.
According to KWS, Kenya had at the end of 2017 a rhino
population of around 1,250, having grown from less than 400
rhinos in 1980’s.
Another black rhino
confirmed dead in Kenya’s sanctuary
NAKURU (Xinhua) --
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Tuesday
confirmed the death of another black rhino at the Lake Nakuru
KWS said the 12-year-old male rhino was killed on Monday
night by suspected poachers who also escaped with two horns at
Lake Nakuru National Park.
"Sad to report the killing of a 12-year-old male black rhino
in Lake Nakuru National Park last (Monday) evening. Pursuit for
poachers is underway," said KWS Corporate Communication Manager
Catherine Wambani, KWS Senior Park Warden at the Lake Nakuru
National Park, said the warders found the dead rhino with its
The latest death comes amid increased criticism the ministry
has been facing in the past week following the death of 11 black
rhinos during the translocation exercise.
A total of 12 rhinos were translocated from the Nairobi and
Nakuru National Parks to Tsavo East National Park in a new rhino
sanctuary in an exercise launched on June 26.
The sanctuary in the expansive park was a joint effort
between KWS and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The ministry
of tourism and wildlife has suspended four senior KWS officials
following the death of the rhinos.
According to KWS, Kenya had at the end of 2017 rhino
population of 1,258, having grown from fewer than 400 rhinos in
Unrestrained poaching in the 1970s and 1980s occasioned a
substantial deterioration in the rhino population, from more
than 20,000 to approximately 300 individuals in 1989.
The surviving rhinos are being corralled into fortified
sanctuaries with the aim of enhancing breeding.
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