Death of rhinos a big blow to Kenya's conservation efforts

What you need to know:

  • Kenya's population of the black rhino plummeted from around 20,000 in the 1970s to 350 in 1983.

  • After long term conservation and wildlife strategy implementation, black rhino numbers went up to above 500 in 2017.

  • We will take many years to breed these species back to healthy numbers.

The world was greeted with the sad news that nine endangered black rhinos had died while being tanslocated from the Nakuru and Nairobi national parks to the Tsavo National Park two weeks ago. It took a while before the Kenya Wildlife Services responded on the cause of the deaths, and when the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, issued a press release, initial reports attributed the deaths to salty water.

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