Kenya Wildlife Service has launched a major operation in pursuit of poachers who killed four rhinos in the last one week across the country. Security teams are following crucial leads of poachers who killed rhinos at Lake Nakuru National Park, Solio Ranch (Nyeri), Ngulia Sanctuary (Tsavo West National Park) and Meru National Park.
The poachers made away with the rhino horns. Since the beginning of the year, Kenya has lost 21 rhinos and 117 elephants to poachers. Out of these, 37 elephants were killed in protected areas while 80 were outside protected areas. These numbers include last week’s poaching incidents. Last year, Kenya lost 384 elephants and 30 rhinos to criminals, a worrying trend that is not sustain- able.