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One Rhino poached as seven suspected poachers arrested

Date Published: 05 Apr, 2012
One Rhino poached as seven suspected poachers arrested

An eight-year-old female rhino has been illegally killed in Tsavo West National Park. The rhino carcass was sighted in Ngulia Sanctuary within the expansive park by a Kenya Wildlife Service aerial patrol team. Further investigation revealed that the three-day old carcass had neither bullet wounds nor any other visible injury. However, its horn was missing; a clear case of poaching. Investigators are following crucial leads and hope to unravel the exact circumstances of the killing and bring the culprits to book. 

Elsewhere, seven suspected poachers have been arrested and two illegally held firearms recovered in separate incidents across the country in the last one week.   

A total of five elephant tusks were recovered in Nyahururu, South Turkana and Isiolo. Two of these were recovered at Lonyek in Nyahururu  where one suspected poacher arrested. One  tusk was found at Kainuk in South Turkana and one suspect taken in. A further two elephant tusks were recovered in Banane area of Isiolo County and a suspect booked in at Maua Police Station. One M16 rifle and one round of ammunition were recovered in Narok in the Mau Mosiro Kiti area. The suspect was booked in at the Narok Police Station.  The second firearm, an AK-47 rifle and 39 rounds of ammunition, were recovered in Mbale area of the Taita Ranches and one suspect seized.

In Mau complex, Kenya Wildlife Service teams arrested two suspects and recovered an assortment of poaching gears, including poison, one bow, 19 arrows, a knife, matchbox, eland skin, 56 feathers of a vulture and a motor bike. The suspects were booked in at Narok Police Station.  The suspects will be arraigned in various courts once investigations are complete. 

KWS has strengthened its law enforcement capacity and enhanced collaboration with other security agencies to address escalating poaching.  Efforts to secure wildlife will remain in high gear to ensure wildlife safety. Much of the success attained in apprehending criminals and recovering illegal trophies and firearms is attributed to information provided by the public.

We appreciate this public support and remain committed to relentlessly fighting wildlife crime in all its forms.

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