The only rhino to survive a bungled relocation to a Kenyan wildlife park has been attacked by lions
, Kenya’s tourism minister, Najib Balala, has said.
Just a few days, after the outcry and need to conserve the Rhino pride, lions attack rhino survivor of bungled kenyan park relocation. one of the largest remaining megafauna species and the commonly killed Species by some humans for their horns, the only left survivor in the bungled relocation to Kenya wildlife Park has been attacked by the Savannah lions.
The Kenya’s tourism minister, Najib Balala, reportedly confirmed about this attack on Thursday. “Unfortunately, the eleventh rhino has been attacked by lions. Yesterday it was treated. So far we are monitoring this eleventh rhino. It’s a sad situation,” he said.
As a result of this incident and failure to be focused on the task given, six conservation officers have been suspended following the inquiry, he added. Balala said an independent inquiry had found that negligence by these conservation officers assigned to this job were to blame for this huge loss. The report gathered by specialists, gives out a clear indication that the animals had succumbed to stress and poisoning from drinking salty water.
“Even one rhino is a huge loss. So we are sad and we are disappointed in some of the officers who should have taken responsibility. They didn’t take their work seriously. They were casual in their job.”
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), whose employees handled the relocation, did not respond to calls for comment.
Ten out of 11 black rhinos died last month in their new home in Tsavo East national park after being moved by the state wildlife service, prompting protests from conservation groups around the world. This is however is being seen as a project that might not yield the intended Objectives.
Poaching has risen in recent years across the sub-Saharan Africa regions East Asia where they are shipped to for processing ornaments and medicines, specifically Vietnam being the largest market for rhino horns. They are killed by some humans for their horns, which are bought and sold on the black market. Some communities grind up the horns and consume them, believing the dust has therapeutic properties.
In May, three black rhinos were killed by poachers in Meru National Park – one of the best known National Parks in Kenya, this levies to a margin decline to such a country that is heavily dependent on wildlife tourism.
The world’s last male northern white rhino died in Kenya in March, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive and with no hopes to conserve the future pride. Research though is going on to see if the nature can still hold a blessing to this specie.
Kenya had 20,000 rhinos in the 1970s, falling to 400 in the 1990s. In 2017, the number had risen back to 1,258 – 745 of them black rhinos and 510 southern white rhinos, according to KWS.