NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A wildlife conservancy in central Kenya has announced security measures to help prevent poaching after poachers killed two southern white rhinos in the ranch last week.Jamie Gaymer, wilidlife manager with Laikipia’s Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, said they have significantly increased its security measures and is working in close collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to curb poaching.
He said the two rhinos killed last week were later confirmed to be Baraka and Riziki, two sub-adult male white rhinos aged 3.5 and 2.8 years old respectively.
Riziki’s horns were taken but the poachers did not manage to take Baraka’s.
It is suspected that the respective cause of deaths was by gunshot.
The shots had not been heard nor reported despite high intensity of both the conservancy and KWS security personnel in the area.
Gaymer said a full inquest is currently being carried out to determine whether any parties were negligent in their application of duties, thus allowing the poachers to escape undeterred.
"Cases of rhino poaching are on the rise and though this is the first incident in months, we will continue to work tirelessly on increasing our security measures by partnering with government agencies," Gaymer said.
"I can also assure you that we will not allow any negligence on the part of Ol Jogi personnel when its comes to our wildlife."
Ol Jogi, just like the rest of Kenya, is no stranger to poaching attacks.
The insatiable demand for rhino horn has left Ol Jogi devastated by the loss of nine rhinos in 2014.
The Ranch, situated in the wildlife-rich Laikipia region, has had an impeccable security record until recently.
Since the rhino sanctuary was established in 1980, Ol Jogi had not lost a single rhino to poaching until four were killed in 2012.