NAIROBI: Seven out of 14 critically endangered black rhinos died after being moved to a new reserve in southern Kenya, natural world officers admitted on Friday.
Kenya flora and fauna carrier (KWS) has refused to comment on the rhinoceros deaths however, speaking on condition of anonymity, one reputable stated, “Seven of the rhinos died but it has no longer been set up as to why.”
A 2d KWS officer additionally showed the deaths but said an investigation had to be carried out earlier than the records became made public.
The relocation of endangered animals — called translocation — entails putting them to sleep for the journey and then reviving them in a technique which consists of risks.
However the lack of half of of them is rather unusual.
The black rhinos were moved from Nairobi and Lake Nakuru national parks to Tsavo East last month in an operation trumpeted by Tourism Minister Najib Balala. He has yet to comment on the tragic outcome.
Outstanding Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu stated officials ought to take duty and provide an explanation for what went incorrect.
“Rhinos have died, we’ve to say it brazenly when it takes place, no longer every week later or a month later,” she stated.
“some thing must have long past incorrect, and we want to understand what it is.”
save the Rhinos estimates there are fewer than five,500 black rhinos inside the global, they all in Africa, whilst Kenya´s black rhino population stands at 750, consistent with the global Fund for Nature.
In keeping with KWS figures, nine rhinos were killed in Kenya last yr.
In can also, three greater had been shot dead internal a mainly-blanketed sanctuary in northern Kenya and their horns removed, even as in March the closing male northern white rhino on the planet, an aged bull named Sudan, was placed down via Kenyan vets after falling ill.