The Star (Nairobi)

6 February 2013

Kenya: KWS Moves to Curb Poaching

Photo: Aliou Goloko/AllAfrica
Players in the tourism sector have urged the government to cut ties with countries trading in ivory (file photo).

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) has sent two senior officers on leave to facilitate investigations into the recent spate of animal killings.

KWS has further transferred several senior assistant directors, directors and field operation commanders.

The killing of the 25 to 30 elephants and rhinos a day has been linked to demand for elephant task and rhino horns in Asia. These

The ready market in China, Thailand and Philippines is seen by several lobby groups that have come out in protest as a recipe for continued killing of wildlife in Kenya.

KWS director William Kiprono last week said that any officer found colluding with poachers will be taken as a criminal and will face disciplinary action.

A number of suspected poachers have been killed while the KWS rangers have also suffered some casualties as poachers attacked rangers and took their firearms.

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