By Charles Kiragu
The Kenya Wild Life Service KWS protection unit has admitted that the war on poaching is becoming tougher as most of the poachers have military training
KWS director William Kiprono said the poachers are well acquainted with the terrain of the parks which has given the rangers a hard time tracking the poachers.
Kiprono said there were only 2,700 rangers in the country who could not contain the heavily armed poachers.
“The poachers have access to superior weapons like sniper rifles with silencers and night goggles and few laymen can operate these, let alone know how to get them” he said
He said that the Nakuru national park which has the highest population of rhinos is highly targeted with nine rhinos killed recently.
He said that currently Kenya has only 1,000 rhinos left.
He also attributed lenient laws as another problem in the anti poaching wars citing the light sentences offenders were getting from the courts.
Kiprono assured Kenyans that the KWS was doing everything to curb poaching but said he feared the killing of wild animals will increase.
He said rhinos were becoming the target adding that it was fuelled by myths that they cure some cancers.
He however said there was hope as China had joined Kenya in the war against poaching.