By Kibiwott Koross
The rhinos currently being moved to Borana Wildlife Conservancy from Lake Nakuru National Park and Lewa Conservancy are dehorned in a bid to reduce poaching.
The horns, which researchers say comprise calcium, melanin and keratin similarly structured to horse hooves, turtle beaks and cockatoo bills, often grow when trimmed.
Rhino horn is in high demand in Asia and he Middle East because of its alleged remedy against a number of non-life threatening ailments including aggressive cancer. it is also coveted for its ornamental and aphrodisiac use.
Elodie Sampere, the public relations and marketing manager for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, said the rhinos are being dehorned for safe transportation and to prevent poaching. "This will deter poachers for a while, at least until the horn grows back," she said in response to queries why the rhinos are being transported without their horns. "If the poachers know that the rhinos are dehorned, they are less likely to go after them."
KWS National Rhino Programmes co-ordinator Ben Okita said Lake Nakuru National Park had reached its maximum capacity thus the need to establish a new population at the Borana sanctuary.
The exercise which started on Monday targets 10 black rhinos to be moved from Lake Nakuru by Sunday while 11 will be moved from Lewa Conservancy.
Lake Nakuru National Park Warden Adan Kala said they had clipped the tip of the horns for identity purposes. More....