By Lydiah Nyawira
The war against poaching and illegal logging in the country got a much needed boost after the UK government through the British Army, trained fifty rangers in anti-ambush techniques.
The officers drawn from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Kenya Forestry Service (KFS) underwent a three day capacity building exercise that honed their skills in tackling ambushes from poachers and planning and positioning themselves strategically to prevent intrusions into game areas.
In the past three months, there have been several intrusions onto private ranches and conservancies as well as into protected forest and game reserves.
Nine rhinos from Solio Game Reserve in Nyeri County, have been killed by poachers and four rangers have lost their lives in the past six months.
Mt Kenya Conservancy Area KWS Assistant Director Aggrey Maumo said poachers often targeted the sanctuaries at night when there is moonlight and the rangers were on high alert during this time.
There have been several arrests including one, which involved a Tanzanian national who claimed to be a witchdoctor for the gang of poachers who were apprehended Near Solio Ranch.
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