This is the first time in over 20 years that a rhino has not been killed in Kenya by poachers.
The decrease is attributed to travel restrictions in 2020, but also close cooperation with the local communities, anti-poaching efforts, rangers, and conservation efforts.
According to KWS, enhanced monitoring of rhinos is part of what has reduced poaching incidences. Fitting of horn transmitters and microchips, KWS noted in a statement released last week, has helped in the monitoring of the species’ movement.
KWS Director-General Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru says poaching of rhinos has reduced by 90 percent in the past seven years.