NAIROBI (Reuters) – Eight black rhinos have died in Kenya whereas being transported by the state wildlife service between two nationwide parks, Tourism Minister Najib Balala stated on Friday in a press release.
The rhinos, who’re a part of a critically endangered species, died at Tsavo East Nationwide Park, the Every day Nation newspaper reported.
An preliminary investigation by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) confirmed the rhinos died of salt poisoning after consuming water at their new habitat, the assertion stated, including that transports of rhinos are being stopped.
The rhinos have been amongst 14 KWS started transferring final month from the capital Nairobi to Tsavo East.
Kenya had a rhino inhabitants of 1,258 in 2017 of which 745 are black rhinos, 510 are southern white rhinos and three have been northern white rhinos, having grown from lower than 400 rhinos within the 1980s. The white rhino is a close to threatened species.
In Could, three black rhinos have been killed in Kenya’s Meru Nationwide Park.
Poaching has risen lately throughout sub-Saharan Africa the place armed felony gangs have killed elephants for tusks and rhinos for horns. Usually the animal components are shipped to Asia to be used in ornaments and medicines.
World Wildlife Fund-Kenya stated in a press release it was “extraordinarily involved” by the reviews.
Reporting By Maggie Fick and Humphrey Malalo; Enhancing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg