NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said Sunday it has launched investigations into the killing of a female rhino at the Nairobi National Park.
KWS Corporate Affairs Manager Paul Udoto said KWS rangers found the carcass of the female sub-adult rhino in the park early on Sunday.
"The rhino horns were hacked and taken away," Udoto said, noting that so far no arrest has been made in connection to the incident which has shocked conservationists.
Wildlife officials said Kenya has lost 60 rhinos to poachers in 2014 and have appealed to community leaders to join hands with KWS to apprehend them.
The east African nation has 631 black rhinos and a total population of 1,030 rhinos.
The government in August last year launched an elite paramilitary force to boost the fight against poaching.
The new anti-poaching crack unit comprises officers drawn from specialized units of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Administration police and the General Service Unit.