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Kenya’s community conservancy has raised concern over elephant poaching in northern Kenya and called for proper coordination among stakeholders to reduce case of poaching in the region.
Northern Range Land Trust (NRT) said poaching is particularly rampant in Isiolo and Samburu region, and urged relevant authorities to combat the situation.
The project’s chief manager Tom Lalampa said on Wednesday that the region lost 134 elephants last year alone, while in 2011, 101 elephants were killed and in 2010, 63 elephants were wiped out as result of poaching in northern Kenya.
“We are worried with the current trend of poaching in the region because some time poachers penetrate into protected areas and kill the wild animals,” Lalampa told Xinhua in Isiolo.
Lalampa said the organization has partnered with mobile firm Safaricom to track the suspected poachers in order to reduce the cases of wildlife killings in the area.
He raised concern that poaching has been complex and increasing day by day in the region with use of sophisticated equipment which makes it hard to curb the practice.
The conservation group has created several conservancies in northern Kenya where they recruited rangers and provided land cruisers to step up the fight against poaching in the vast and remote locations in northern Kenya. More....