Kenya: Black Rhinos Die After Relocation to National Park in Kenya

Rhino in Kenya's Nakuru National Park

The park's water supply has significantly higher levels of salt than the rhinos were used to, and eight of the 11 translocated rhinos died shortly after drinking it, according to a statement issued by Kenya's Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.

Eight of the critically endangered animals died after being moved to a national park. There are roughly 5,000 black rhinos left in Africa, 745 of which live in Kenya, according to the country's wildlife service.

According to a statement from Kenya's Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, the rhinos were moved, or translocated, as part of a conservation initiative created to start a new population line.

16 de julio de 2018, 12:57Nairobi, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) The competent Kenyan authorities assured today that they will investigate and punish those responsible for the wrongful death of the endangered eight black rhinoceros in the transfer between two national parks. To protect its rhinos, the Kenyan government practices translocation, a process that has previously proven successful.

Kenya's Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala ordered the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to "immediately suspend the ongoing translocation of black rhinos following the death of eight of them", according to a ministry statement. Between 1960 and 1995 numbers decreased by 98 percent, to less than than 2,500.

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"Disciplinary action will definitely be taken" if an investigation into the deaths indicates negligence by agency staff, the wildlife ministry said.

"This translocation can only be described as a complete disaster", Kahumbu wrote on her Facebook page.

Kenyans are now taking the government to task over the mishap. "We need to know what went wrong so that it never happens again", she added. The white rhino is a near threatened species.

African Parks, a Johannesburg-based conservation group, said earlier this year that there are fewer than 25,000 rhinos in the African wild, of which about 20 percent are black rhinos and the rest white rhinos. "Rhino translocations also have major welfare considerations and I dread to think of the suffering that these poor animals endured before they died".

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