By Kirera Mwiti
Anxiety gripped one of the largest conservancies in Naivasha after a rhino was shot dead by suspected poachers. Unknown number of poachers raid- ed Oserian sanctuary in North Lake shooting the white rhino which died hours later. This brought to five the number of rhinos killed in the sanctuary in the last two months after last week incident where another one killed in a similar way.
The poachers were at it at again shooting the 5-year-old rhino before escaping without removing its horn. An officer privy to the investigations said the poachers shot the rhino several times before panicking and escaping. “Guards from the sanctuary reacted to the gunshots and this forced the poachers to escape in the dark,” said the officer. Naivasha police boss Charles Kortok said the animal died while undergoing treatment.
“We are concerned by the increase in cases of rhino killings and we are working with other stakeholders to deal with those responsible,” he said. Meanwhile, members of the Maasai community have announced plans to work with the ranch owners in the area to deal with the poaching menace. According to Andrew ole Koisamou from Imarisha Naivasha board, they would work with ranches bordering them to curb cases of poaching.
“We are perturbed by the increase in the number of poaching incidents targeting mainly rhinos in Naivasha and we have to deal with this,” he said. Addressing the press, Koisamou who was flanked by various leaders attributed an increase in poaching to population pressure around the ranches. He said the country was losing millions of shillings through poaching which is hurting the tourism sector.
“We have seen a shift of poaching from National Parks to conservancies and its time the community was involved in protecting the wildlife,” he said. This came as security officers held a crisis meeting at the Oserian conservancy after the rhino’s killing which brought to five the number of rhinos killed in the last two months. More....