NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya after wildlife workers moved them from the capital to a new national park, the government said Friday, calling the toll “unprecedented” in more than a decade of such transfers.Read the Full Article at San Francisco Chronicles
Another worthwhile story for the day:
On a stretch of land in Kenya, the last rhino for miles was killed 25 years ago.
Eastern black rhinos, murdered by poachers for their horns, have not set foot in the 100-square-mile native habitat since, and their numbers worldwide plummeted by 98 percent between 1960 and 1995 because of hunting and poaching.
But last week, that began to change.
Read the full article at Yahoo News
It is always sad to see anothe specie on the brink of extinction, but at least the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is trying to preserve the White Rhinos for as long a possible. With help of armed guards, no less!
The world’s population of northern white rhinos is down to five and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to three of them, including the last remaining male—which is being guarded by armed rangers around the clock.
Along with the critically endangered northern white rhinos, the conservancy in Kenya is also home to 23 white rhinos and 105 black rhinos, making it the largest black rhino sanctuaries in East Africa.
Yahoo news reported an interesting story about the War on Poaching in Kenya’s Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary:
Ol Jogi (Kenya) (AFP) – With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya’s Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the “war” against poaching.
As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping plains dotted with rocky outcrops, Ol Jogi’s armed rangers get set for another tough night on patrol.
“It sounds crazy, but it’s actually a war,” said Jamie Gaymer, head of security for the vast reserve.
Fully story at Yahoo News
Washington (AFP) – A Texas hunting club said Friday it aims to raise up to a million dollars for endangered black rhinoceroses by auctioning off a permit to kill one in Namibia.Read More…