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KWS hunt for Nakuru poachers on killing of another black rhino | Coastweek

NAKURU (Xinhua) -- A black rhino walks out of a pool in the Lake Nakuru National Park. Kenyan wildlife authorities said on Tuesday that they have intensified search for suspected poachers who killed a 12-year-old male black rhino during a raid at the Lake Nakuru National Park on Monday night.  XINHUA PHOTOS - DING HAITAO

Kenya intensifies hunt for poachers
after killing of another black rhino

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.

Paul Udoto, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Corporate Communications Manager, said security agencies are pursuing the suspects in all directions.

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.
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EARLIER REPORT:

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 National Park.

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 Paul Udoto.

Catherine Wambani, KWS Senior Park Warden at the Lake Nakuru National Park, said the warders found the dead rhino with its horns missing.

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 the 1980s.

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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SEE ALSO:

Kenya parade trophies of nine black rhinos after shocking deaths

Seven rare black rhino reported dead in Tsavo East National Park

KWS translocate Black Rhino from Nairobi Park to Tsavo East

             

 

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