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kill four rhinos in
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
rhinos are facing the worst poaching
crisis in decades with the most serious poaching
upsurges in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya
(Xinhua) -- Poachers have killed four
rhinos in the past week in a wildlife park in northern
Kenya, dealing a major blow to conservation efforts in
the East African nation.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said
the four rhinos were slaughtered by poachers,
bringing the population of rhino on Lewa back down
to 71 individuals, in a country where the population
is slightly above 600 animals.
"These incidents serve as a
contract reminder of the harsh reality and rapidly
escalating threat faced by rhinos," said Mike
Watson, Lewa’s CEO in a statement released on
"Lewa is now more than ever
determined to counter these threats by increasing
our security and monitoring efforts, reinforcing the
important contribution that Lewa’s wildlife is
making to local communities, and minimizing the risk
posed to the remaining rhino population,"
Rhinotek, an 11-year-old rhinoceros
was found dead at midday on Dec. 1.
The initial assessment did not give a
clear indication of the cause of death but further
veterinary examination established that the animal
died from a bullet wound to the stomach.
According to Watson, Nyota, a 20
year-old female and Serian, a 7-year-old male were
shot dead on Dec. 2 and another carcass, later on
identified as Jazz, a male rhino was discovered
later on Dec. 2.
"Three of the rhino horn sets
were intact and have since been recovered for
"The poachers managed to remove
the other set of horns," Watson said,
describing the incidents as a devastating blow to
conservation efforts and show the enormous pressure
that these animals are under.
Africa’s rhinos are facing the worst
poaching crisis in decades with the most serious
poaching upsurges in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.
Experts say although population
figures for both black and white rhinos have
increased since 2007, because of the increase in
poaching, there is still grave concern for the rhino’s
The move comes after the wildlife
agency expressed fears that the scenes of 1970s and
80s when poaching was a serious menace, and
contributed to the depletion of wildlife including
elephants, lions and rhinos are back, are
threatening many years of conservation efforts and
animal populations that had started to balloon.
Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) says the
situation calls for a united approach that will not
only facilitate the capture of those involved in
wildlife crime, but also enhance prosecution of the
illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife.
More than 1,000 rhinoceros, an
all-time high, have been poached in the last three
years, and current poaching of elephants is
documented to be the highest since the 1980s.
The illegal poaching of wildlife for
commercial purposes is also decimating many more
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