By Wambugu Kanyi
The number of endangered black rhinos has reduced by one after armed poachers killed a rhino at the raided the privately owned Solio ranch in Nyeri county.
The unknown number of armed poachers cut through an electric fence at the expansive ranch on Tuesday night before killing the rhino with a gun.
They chopped off the rhino's two horns and went with them.
Aberdare National Park senior warden Catherine Wambani told the Star on the phone that the KWS rangers on patrol heard a gunshot and started pursuing the poachers but are yet to arrest any.
She said it is sad that poaching is still rampant despite the government's effort to curb the vice.
This comes barely two weeks after two suspects were arrested at Chaka trading centre in Kieni East looking for market for two rhino horns with a market value of Sh10 million.
The matter is still in court.
Recently, KWS spokesman Paul Gathitu said the organisation has received a new DNA extraction equipment.
The Automated Nucleic Acid Machine will supplement the resources of their forensic lab to help in the prosecution of poachers.
Gathitu said this is a big milestone in building their capacity on wildlife conservation.