Poaching menace resurfaces at Lake Nakuru National park as male black rhino is killed
SEE ALSO :Rhino mauls ranger to deathThree of the rhinos had been transferred from Nakuru National Park, which is said to have 65 black rhinos and 13 southern white rhinos, according to a census conducted at the park in 2016. Ms Wambani termed the killing of the rhino a blow, noting that the park had not had any incidents of poaching in the past two years. Highest record In 2012, 30 rhinos were killed countrywide, with the number almost doubling the following year. In 2014, the numbers dropped to 14, but Nakuru still had the highest record of six poaching incidents. Journalists were yesterday barred from the scene of the rhino shooting as the Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha, police boss Hassan Barua and the KWS team walked out.
SEE ALSO :Rhino kills its guard at parkIn an earlier interview, the KWS head of corporate communications, Paul Gathitu, told The Standard that the country had made remarkable steps in prosecuting wildlife crimes. Since 2016, prosecution of wildlife crimes have increased by 69 per cent. The black rhino population in Kenya plummeted from over 20,000 in 1970 to only 350 in 1983.