Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Wednesday received 1,000 microchips and five scanners from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to strengthen the monitoring of rhinos whose population has recently dwindled rapidly.
The equipment worth 15,300 U. S. dollars will help the East African nation's wildlife agency in monitoring the endangered species as well as auditing stockpiling rhino horns.
"This new technology will ensure that every marked rhino in the country is traceable. In addition, every rhino horn will be tracked globally and matched to the rhino from which it was taken, " KWS said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
"In this way, investigators will be able to link any poaching case to a recovered or confiscated horn. This forms crucial evidence in court contributing towards prosecution's ability to push for sentencing of a suspected rhino criminal. The technology will also expose and provide new insight into the rhino horn trade chain."
KWS said these technologies will expose the rhino horn trade chain and facilitate the dismantling of the networks that promote and sustain the international wildlife trade.
Both KWS and WWF have over the years continued working together to ensure that Kenya meets the CITES CoP16 rhino decisions that seeks to ensure rhinos remain viable and able to survive current and future threats.
KWS says rising demand for ivory and rhino horns in Asia has caused a poaching crisis in recent years across Kenya in particular, with over 1,000 rhinos killed on the African continent in the past 20 months. More....