NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has launched an immobilization
protocol for black and white rhinos to prevent fatalities during
translocations, according to officials.
acting director general of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), said
the protocol has been developed in view of increasing needs for
veterinary interventions for the two iconic species.
"The protocol is intended to ensure that immobilization and
translocation of rhinos are carried out using ‘best practices’
by giving recommendations on the practical aspects," Musyoki
said on Monday.
He said the guidelines have been put in place due to
increasing needs for veterinary interventions in the two species
for various purposes including:
• diagnosis and treatment of sick and injured
• fitting of monitoring devices and
• movement of vulnerable
• establishment of rhino
• translocations to manage social
and ecological carrying capacities in established rhino
• diversification of genetic pools
as well as release of hand-raised rescued animals already
rehabilitated into the wild.
In July, Kenya lost 11 rhinos out of 14 that were
translocated from the Nairobi and Lake Nakuru national parks to
a sanctuary in Tsavo East national park.
Government investigations indicated that 10 rhinos died from
salt poising and dehydration while one was attacked by a lion.
According to the KWS, the east African nation had 1,258
rhinos as of the end of 2017.
Kenya’s rhinos suffer multiple threats including poaching,
climate change and habitat loss caused by expanding human