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KWS on the spot as 8 black rhinos die after translocation - 8 months ago, 16 July 00:52

James Kahongeh

Four days after eight black rhinos died at the Tsavo East National Park following their translocation from the Nairobi and Nakuru national parks, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has yet to address the matter publicly, raising suspicion over what happened.

Senior KWS officials remained tight-lipped, even as local and international conservationists mounted pressure on the agency to take responsibility for the animals' deaths.

The eight were part of a herd of 11 recently moved recently due to overcrowding in the Nairobi and Nakuru parks, which was hindering breeding. The newly established, 100-square-kilometre Tsavo East Rhino Sanctuary in Kenya’s oldest and largest national park was expected to be more conducive for breeding.

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The programme targeting 14 rhinos was jointly conducted by KWS and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) at a cost of Sh100 million.

The ranger who oversaw the translocation refused to talk about the issue, while ...
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