By Peter Black
The criminals were gunned down after exchanging fire with wildlife police.
Unfortunately, the remaining poachers managed to escape with the rhino's horn.
"A total of eight poachers entered the sanctuary and hunted down the lone rhino in the early hours of Wednesday," the Daily Mail reported. "Security staff heard gunshots around 1am and arrived at the scene to catch the poachers in the act. Two men were killed in a gunfight, while the rest of the gang managed to flee with the horn. Unfortunately, the rhino could not be saved."
The Indian rhino, which the second largest animal in Asia behind the elephant, has been the target of intense poaching in recent years due to the growing demand for ivory in Asia. Wildlife reserves are designed to alleviate the problem, often to no avail.
According to The Mail, "The [Indian\ sanctuary is home to 93 of the world's estimated 3,000 wild Indian rhinoceros, a breed mainly found in northeastern India and Nepal... The Indian rhino was previously found across the entire North Indian River Plain, but its habitat has been reduced drastically due to excessive hunting."
Kenya plans to use drones to address their growing poaching epidemic, Reuters reported.
"We will start piloting the use of drones in the Tsavo National Park eco system, one of the largest national parks in the world," said Patrick Omondi of the Kenya Wildlife Service."We attribute the problem of poaching in Kenya and other African states to growing demand and high prices offered for rhino horn and elephant ivory in the Far East countries."
Kenya will reportedly import the surveillance drones from other countries, but officials "did not give details of how many or at what cost." Photos.