Saturday, 29 March 2014

Rhino poacher shot dead in Kenya

March 2014: A suspected wildlife poacher was shot dead at Lake Nakuru National Park on 18 March 2014. Police recovered weapons from the body, including a bow, four poisoned arrows, and a spear. Two of the man’s accomplices escaped and were able to flee with one horn. However the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) were able to recover three horns from the scene of the crime.

Lake Nakuru has been hit hard by rhino poaching. Four rhinos have been lost in the Park since the start of 2014. On a national level, 16 rhinos have so far died in Kenya; 13 were killed by poachers, and three were lost to natural causes. During the course of 2013 a total of 59 rhinos died in the country.

Where poaching crimes have been committed, KWS have undertaken work to bring those responsible to justice. Last year their work lead to the arrest of 1,549 offenders, the recovery of 68 fire arms, 2,630 rounds of ammo, 10,106kg of bush meat, and 13.5 tonnes of contraband ivory.

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