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2 white rhino killed on the Masai Mara - 3rd moved to safety

11/05/2011 23:10:37

White rhino released into the Nairobi National Park after 2 others were killed on the Masai Mara. Credit KWS

Rhino poaching - What can be done?

Representing both Care for the Wild International (CWI) and the Species Survival Network (SSN), CWI's Director Mark Jones answers some questions about the threats rhinos face, and the issues of dehorning and legalising the sale of rhino horn.

Masai Mara rhinos poached
May 2011. In the last 2 weeks, 2 white rhino have been poached on the world famous Masai Mara reserve, despite the fact that they were allegedly under 24 hour surveillance. Somewhere in Africa, a rhino is being killed every day for its horns, and at that rate it will be just a few years before they are all gone. This is yet another incident in a disgustingly long line of similar brutal poaching atrocities.

Relocation to Nairobi National
In response, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) successfully carried out a translocation exercise of a white rhino from the Maasai Mara to the  Nairobi National Park (NNP).

The 16-year old male rhino which previously lived at a private ranch in Ol Choro Roua area in the Mara had been frequently crossing over to the communities in the area further increasing the dangers to its life.

KWS Southern Conservation Area Assistant Director, Mr. Wilson Korir, said that the move was taken to protect the rhino and provide it with a safe and secure habitat. However the KWS failed to mention that the relocation was carried out to protect the rhino from the poachers that have already killed the two mentioned above.

The white rhino will join 11 others currently living at the park that were brought in last year from Lake Nakuru National Park in a similar exercise. The translocation will enhance and increase the genetic breeding structure of the current rhino population at the park.


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