By Raphael Mwadime
The Kenya wildlife Service Sh100 million forensic laboratory will be opened this year.
KWS assistant director in charge of devolution and community wildlife service, Ben Kavu, said the laboratory is under construction at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi and is being equipped.
He said it will assist them have concrete evidence when prosecuting wildlife criminals in court.
"The laboratory is still under construction but will be opened anytime this year," Kavu said.
He was addressing journalists at the Sarova Taita Hills game lodge on Monday after releasing this year's elephant aerial census results for Tsavo-Mkomanzi ecosystem.
The census was conducted last week.
The findings showed that the number of elephants has reduced to 11,000 from 12,573 recorded in 2011.
More than 800 elephants were lost through poaching between 2011 and this year while others were lost through natural attrition.
A fully functional DNA forensic lab is expected to result in an increase in prosecutions and convictions of wildlife offenders.