Black rhino killed in Kenya national park


Poachers killed a 12-year-old black rhino in Kenya’s Lake Nakuru national park, the national wildlife agency said, days after authorities announced 10 of the critically endangered animals died in a bungled relocation.

To widespread consternation from wildlife and environmental groups, Kenya’s government announced last week 10 of 11 black rhinos died in May owing to negligence by conservation officers during relocation from the Nakuru and Nairobi national parks to Tsavo East National Park.

The only rhino to survive was subsequently attacked by lions, though it survived and has received medical treatment.

Poachers killed the rhino on Monday the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on its Twitter account.
“Pursuit of poachers is underway,” it said.

A report by an independent inquiry on the May deaths found the animals were stressed and poisoned from drinking salty water.

Poaching has risen in recent years across sub-Saharan Africa where armed criminal gangs kill elephants for tusks and rhinos for horns. Often the animal parts are shipped to Asia for use in ornaments and medicines.

The world’s last male northern white rhino died in Kenya in March, leaving only two females of this sub-species alive.

Kenya had 20,000 rhinos in the 1970s, falling to 400 in the 1990s. In 2017, the number rose back to 1,258 – 745 black rhinos and 510 southern white rhinos, according to KWS.