Efforts by stakeholders to prevent poaching of the critically endangered rhinos are bearing fruit after the country recorded zero cases for the first time in 20 years.
Kenya Wildlife Service announced that despite the conservation threats posed by the Covid-19 pandemic on the endangered species, no rhino was poached in 2020, a feat that was last achieved in the last two decades.
“This comes at a time when the country has made significant steps in managing rhino poaching with no case reported in 2020, a feat last achieved over two decades ago,” KWS Director-General Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru said in a statement.
Statistics on rhino poaching in Kenya show declining trends in the past five years. In 2013, close to 59 rhinos were poached, making it the worst year in terms of poaching.
Source: The Standard