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KWS has launched war on poaching by implanting microchips in rhino horns

23, Feb 2016

The fight against the poaching of rhino's has now gone digital. The Kenya wildlife service and the world wide fund for nature have embarked on an exercise that will see the endangered black rhino tracked through microchips. the 10 day exercise around the Maasai Mara game reserve will cost 7 million shillings and will involve the fixing of microchips in rhino horns and notching of rhino ears to enable tracking and monitoring of the engendered species. About 20,000 rhinos roamed the Kenyan wild in the 1970’s but now; just over a thousand are left. Poaching levels for the rhino horn increased in recent years largely driven by demand for the horn especially in Asian countries. Kenya has the world’s 3rd largest population.

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