By Kibiwott Koross
Kenya Wildlife Service is accusing some ranchers of colluding with poachers. The Star has established that many of these rogue conservationists are found in Northern Kenya, Narok and Tsavo
In January, an entire family of 12 elephants, including a two-month-old calf, were slaughtered by poachers in Tsavo National Park.
All the carcasses were riddled with bullet wounds and all the tusks had been removed.
It caused an international outcry with calls to arrest the poachers but to date no one has been apprehended.
Among those who were calling for the arrest of the poachers were non governmental organisations and conservationists. In what is becoming a case of the hunter being the hunted, the Kenya Wildlife Service is now accusing some conservationists of working with poachers.
Sources said a renown conservationist in Tsavo was behind the killing of the 12 elephants. Elephants know their handlers and those were killed assumed there was no danger.
"We have intelligence reports and we are already mapping areas where these NGOs are colluding with poachers," said an intelligence officer at the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Most of the groups, the Star has established, are found in Northern Kenya, Narok and Tsavo which have been hardly hit by poaching in the recent past, which begs the question what will become of Kenya's elephants if their protectors are turning against them. More....