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Poachers kill black rhino in Musiara Conservancy

07 March 2014, 11:31

Narok - Suspected poachers killed a male black rhino in the Musiara Conservancy near the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Narok County Commissioner Farah Kassim said on Thursday the poachers killed the rhino on Wednesday night and ran away with the rhino horn.

Farah said the suspect used the guns and poisoned arrows to gun down the rhino. He added the poachers have devised new method of killing wildlife by using poisonous arrows so as not to be detected by security agencies.

The county commissioner said the security personnel are tracking down the poachers with view of arresting and charge them in court.

Last month, another rhino was killed in the same region by people believed to be from a neighboring country.

He asked the provincial administration to help the government by giving information so that the poaching activities which are threatening the multi-billion tourism sector come to end.

The killing of the rhino comes at time when groups fighting poaching have raised concern over the survival of elephants and other endangered species in the Maasai Mara.

Siana Wildlife Trust chairman Sammy Nkoitoi said rampant poaching in Maasai Mara ecosystem, if not checked, was going to kill tourism in the reserve.

He noted that the 1980s poaching which saw a decline in elephant and rhino population in the park was returning slowly.

Nkoitoi said that poaching for elephant tusks in the Mara- Serengeti region in the recent past and across the border was on the increase, adding that there was need to take quick and decisive measures to curb the poaching that is geared towards reducing the animal population.

"The upsurge of poaching can be blamed on the increase demand of ivory and other wild animal's products in Asia and the partial lifting of ivory trade in some countries in Southern Africa. If these nations come together and start fighting the poaching menace, " Nkoitoi said.

The elephant tusks and the rhino horns are said to be on high demand in some Asian countries where they are said to be used to make various ornaments and are said to also be of medicinal value.

- Xinhua

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