By Judie Kaberia
Nairobi — Even as the fight against poaching continues to be enhanced, a young rhino was on Friday morning found dead at the Lake Nakuru National Park, one of the country's most protected wildlife sanctuaries. The three year old white Rhino was killed by poachers on Thursday night.
Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu who visited the crime scene said that Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers were already searching for the poachers. "It seems that those who go for rhino's track them for a long period of time," she noted while explaining that poachers had adopted more sophisticated ways.
She said that her ministry was working with other government agencies in a bid to stop poaching in the country. This brings to 19 the total number of rhinos killed this year. According to KWS, Kenya lost 59 rhinos and 302 elephants in 2013 compared to 2012 in which 384 elephants and 30 rhinos were killed for their horn.
Despite the enactment of the law that imposed heavier fines on wildlife crimes, poaching of elephants and rhinos has not stopped. A new report by INTERPOL on poaching recommended the need for greater information sharing to enable a more proactive and effective law enforcement response against trafficking syndicates.
The report for 2013 by INTERPOL's Environmental Security Unit, highlights the need for increased intelligence analysis in order to provide sound evidence for multiple count indictments where the trafficking is linked to fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.
The Environmental Security Unit head, David Higgins says there is need of more integrated approach for a more effective response to poaching.
"Ivory seizures are clearly an important step in stopping this illicit trade, but this is just one part of a much bigger picture," he pointed out during the launch of a report recently.