Efforts to combat rhino poaching in Kenya went high tech on Friday, as the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) began inserting transponders into rhinos for the first time.
The rhinos, in full flight, ran away from a KWS helicopter that was trying to herd them in one direction to be tranquilised.
Rangers at Nakuru National Park in Kenya's Rift Valley went to great efforts to bring down three rhinos, inserting the transponders into each animal, once sedated, before they were moved to Ruma National Park in Nyanza province.
Geoffrey Bundotich from the KWS explained that the rhinos were to be fitted with four transponders each, in various parts of the body, to help trace the animal in future.
For this specific rhino we have inserted four transponders with unique numbers, one in the horn, the front horn, another in the rear horn, the neck and the tail. So these will help trace this animal in future. In case of poaching, we can still trace the horn to the specific rhino," said Bundotich.
"These will help trace this animal in future. In case of poaching, we can still trace the horn to the specific rhino," he said.
The transponders were donated to the Kenya Wildlife Service, KWS, by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help Kenya in the fight against rhino poaching.
Kenya's attorney general, Githu Muigai said earlier this week that Kenya has seen 90 elephants and 35 rhinos killed by poachers this year.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Muigai said that Kenyan lawmakers are considering a wildlife conservation bill that greatly increases penalties for poachers and traffickers in the country.