Good news/bad news. The Worldwide Wildlife Fund (WWF) has given Kenya’s Wildlife Service (KWS) enough microchips and detectors to put a miniature tracking device in every live rhino’s nose armour, which will store DNA records of the rhino in question making horn theft and poachers traceable across borders with ease.
The bad news? It only had to supply 1 000 chips. ‘Cause that’s all the rhino left in Kenya.
The total value of the equipment is R150 530, and it will be used to discourage poachers and as evidence when horn is seized.
Just like South Africa, Kenya has seen an increase in poaching activity this year, with more animals slain already than in the whole of 2012. Twenty nine Kenyan rhinos were killed last year, while the figure is over 35 already for 2013. Rangers have been attacked and injured and even the most heavily protected national parks have been hit.