Kenya to benefit from EUâ€™s Sh3.6 billion to fight poaching
SEE ALSO :Woman arrested with ivory bangle at JKIAProf Wakhungu said in addition to the agreement set to boost the country's efforts in surveillance at point of entry, Kenya has invested in a state-of-the-art laboratory, that is the only one of its kind the region (the other being in South Africa) and has been critical in the fight against poaching. Intercepted ivory The lab does genetic tests on ivory intercepted in the country. Wakhungu noted most of the tests have revealed the elephant tusks do not originate from Kenya. "People thought the problem of poaching was in Kenya but what we noticed is that we have been used a transit country. From a lot of the ivory we intercepted and did genetic study on, we noticed it comes from Angola," she said.
SEE ALSO :Poachers kill rare rhino in Nyeri"Lest we forget poaching is still legal in many countries (even in the EU), whether it is fossil or fresh ivory," said Wakhungu. She noted that the new challenge is wildlife poisoning. The European Union ambassador to Kenya, Stephano Dejak, said there is a need to devise new ways to combat illegal killing and trafficking wildlife.
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