By David Migun
It is a known fact that Kenya earns more than Sh100 billion annually from the activities of around 1.5 million tourists.
And there is an ambitious target to attain the three million visitors mark within five years. But this upward trajectory is heavily undermined by security threats that poachers pose to both animals and tourists.
Cases of poaching or the measures being taken to curb its rise are now a common news item.
Rhinos and jumbos are the main victims of this scourge that if unchecked could wipe out these animals from our midst and set the number of tourists sliding.
Going by the nature of its execution, poaching will not be contained easily. Television footage has shown elephant carcasses in the Central African Republic with wounds that suggested the use of choppers and sophisticated weapons to kill the animals for their pricy tusks.
The brutality was such that the calves were victims too. It is believed, that this particular event happened in the dead of the night and with the support of senior security officers in that country. Night vision equipment, normally the preserve of government agencies, was used in the attacks.
For as long as there is a market for rhino horns and elephant tusks, any measures taken to safeguard the animals will only serve to increase demand. More....