AFRICA’S RHINOS ARE FACING THE WORST POACHING
CRISIS IN DECADES WITH THE MOST SERIOUS POACHING
UPSURGES IN SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE AND KENYA
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Poachers have killed four rhinos in the past week in a wildlife park in northern Kenya, dealing a major blow to conservation efforts in the East African nation.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said the four rhinos were slaughtered by poachers, bringing the population of rhino on Lewa back down to 71 individuals, in a country where the population is slightly above 600 animals.
"These incidents serve as a contract reminder of the harsh reality and rapidly escalating threat faced by rhinos," said Mike Watson, Lewa’s CEO in a statement released on Wednesday.
"Lewa is now more than ever determined to counter these threats by increasing our security and monitoring efforts, reinforcing the important contribution that Lewa’s wildlife is making to local communities, and minimizing the risk posed to the remaining rhino population," Watson said....