Saturday, 19 October 2013

WWF providing microchips for every rhino in Kenya in fight against poaching

Rhinos and horns will have 100% traceability

October 2013. Efforts to conserve Kenya's dwindling population of rhinos has been significantly boosted by WWF Kenya which handed over 1000 microchips and five scanners to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

The equipment is valued at more than £10,000 will be instrumental in strengthening active rhino monitoring as well as auditing stockpiles of rhino horn.

Sophisticated technology in the fight against poaching
With poachers getting more sophisticated in their approach it is vital that conservation efforts embrace the use of more sophisticated technology to counter the killing of wildlife.

100% traceability of all rhinos and horns
The deployment of specialised rhino horn tracking systems combined with forensic DNA technology will allow for 100 per cent traceability of every rhino horn and live animal within Kenya. This will serve to strengthen rhino monitoring, protect the animals on site and also support anti-trafficking mechanisms nationally and regionally.

Furthermore, investigators will be able to link any poached rhino to a recovered or confiscated horn and this forms crucial evidence in court contributing towards the prosecution's ability to push for sentencing of a suspected rhino killer. These technologies are now being used internationally in support of criminal justice responses to wildlife crime as well as strengthening inter-agency collaborations (between customs, police, justice, wildlife agencies and defence).

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