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NAROK (Xinhua) -- Kenya has lost 65 elephants to the poachers since the beginning of this year, a senior wildlife official said on Friday.
Acting Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director General William Kiprono said 24 of the elephants were killed in the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve and private conservancies in Narok County which is the home to about 3,000 elephants.
"Poaching is now posing as serious threats because we have lost wildlife in a short time.
"We need to preserve them for future generations and posterity," he said in Narok town after holding a consultative meeting with the security team.
The director said many of the jumbos killed in Narok County had their tusks intact which points to the fact that they could have been killed by locals out of the human-wildlife conflict.
"Most of the killings were being executed with the use of guns and poisoned arrows and spears, an indication that the locals were involved and the public should volunteer information every time such incidences occur in order to have the poachers arrested," said Kiprono.
Kiprono added that the country earns 1.4 billion U.S. dollars annually from tourism, 70 per cent of which comes directly from wildlife through national park visits.
He disclosed that some 10 suspected poachers have been arrested and they are now facing charges in court over the killing of wildlife in the last one month.
Kiprono said that KWS is investing in sophisticated equipment in order to beat the poachers at their plans and enhanced security intelligence gathering.