By Kipchumba Kemei
A conservation agency will spend Sh7 million to install new technology to fight poaching in the Maasai Mara.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said rhino ear notching and taking of DNA samples would assist in monitoring animal movement using modern technology.
WWF Country Director Mohammed Awer said the organisation, Zoological Society of London, other international donors and the local private sector had devised a strategy to end poaching of rhinos which are listed as endangered species.
“We decided to launch the programme after realising that Narok County did not have the capacity to monitor the rhinos, leaving them at the mercy of poachers. The microchips that will be inserted in their horns will make monitoring easy,” said Awer in Mara.
The fund, which is involved in species management and conservation, is collaborating with the Kenya Wildlife Service and Narok County government in the ear-notching exercise which targets 16 rhinos.
He said the exercise would also be undertaken in other national parks and game reserves.
Awer welcomed the recent passing of the Wildlife Management and Conservation Bill, saying it would deter poaching and enhance species conservation through field based programmes and management.
“Though belated, the legislation will help in conservation of the remaining wild animals,” he said.
Meanwhile, tourists and other travelers were on Wednesday evening stranded for hours after flash floods cut off most parts of the Narok-Maasai Mara road.
The rains that started at 2pm and continued into the night flooded the Sekenani-Nkoilale section, making it impassable. More....