A special team of rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service recently recovered $30,830 worth of elephant tusks and rhino horns. Three people were arrested, and six rounds of ammunition, two pairs of night vision binoculars, two jungle rangers uniforms and a rifle scope were recovered as well. Senior Warden Aggrey Maumo, who was involved in the operation, said that nine rhinos have been killed in the region over the past year. “At least twenty rhinos were killed across the country since early last year. Northern Kenya reported the highest incidents because poachers killed nine rhinos and a huge number of elephant herds over the past year but we had a breakthrough yesterday and managed to recover this consignment,” he said.
The government has been reinforcing security officers and rangers in the Mountain Marsabit region, in efforts to protect Kenya’s wildlife. The animals have suffered greatly from poachers, drought and floods over the past few years.