By Sonia Lavina
As the incidence of rhino poaching escalates in Kenya, two more rhinos have been killed in Tsavo reported All Africa on June 24.
A Rhino and its one year old calf were shot dead near the Chyulu Hills National Park boundary by poachers who are on the run with the horns.
Rangers have been sent to the area to pursue the suspects while security has been increased.
Last month, Tsavo Conservation area won a grant to install state-of-the-art cameras that will help stop the massacre of rhinos and elephants.
Earlier this year, surveillance cameras caught images of a black rhino that had died after it was caught by a poachers trap.
Last year, a meeting that brought together African representatives from the conservation community determined that the demand for Rhino horns is said to come from Asian countries, where the rhino horns is thought to have medicinal value.
Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same type of protein that makes up hair and fingernails. Scientists have not proven that they have any healing properties. This myth, combined with surging Asian economies, have put rhino horns in high demand. Recent prices for a kilo of crushed rhino horn have gone for as much as $60,000, more expensive than a kilo of gold. More....