Kenya’s wildlife rangers have stepped up anti-poaching operations across the East African nation with the arrest of 37 more suspected poachers who are in police custody.
A statement from KWS issued in Nairobi on Wednesday said during the raid which was conducted across the country, 38 kg of ivory, two rifles and 77 rounds of ammunition including game meat weighing 472 kg were recovered in the past one week.
The agency said a gang of four suspects escaped with injuries following a gun-fight with KWS rangers in Meru National Park on Nov. 12....
KWS has listed elephants, lions, wild dogs, leopards, cheetah, hyenas, Sitatunga, Tana crested mangabey, and Tana red Columbus monkeys as some of the most endangered wildlife species in Kenya....
One of the most affected wildlife species is the lion whose number has reduced by about 1,000 between 2002 and 2008 threatening to wipe off one of the country’s largest wild cats.
The country had 30,000 lions in the 1960s when it gained independence from Britain but poaching, drought and human-wildlife conflict have seen the population drop drastically.
Most of the lions in Kenya are found in Maasai Mara that host 825 of them followed by Tsavo National Park with 675 lions, 230 lions in Laikipia and 40 in Meru National Park with the rest distributed across the country.