Sabahi (Washington, DC)

19 March 2013

Kenya Wildlife Service Installs Cameras in Tsavo Conservation Area

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has installed surveillance cameras in the Tsavo Conservation Area to aid in the fight against poaching, Kenya's The Standard reported Tuesday (March 19th).

The 16 infrared cameras have been placed at strategic watering points where poachers are likely to attack wildlife, said Tsavo Conservation Area Assistant Director Francis Kimani.

"Poachers have been waiting for endangered wildlife species like elephants and rhinos at watering points to kill them for highly prized trophies. But now the cameras will identify them for action," he said.

In 2012, Kenya lost approximately 360 elephants to poaching, up from 289 the previous year, according to KWS. Poachers slaughtered a family of 11 elephants in the Bisadi area of Tsavo East National Park in January, the biggest single killing of elephants in Kenya in decades.

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