06 March 2014

Kenya lost 59 rhinos & 302 elephants to illegal poaching in 2013

According to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesman Paul Mbugua, Kenya has lost at least 59 rhinos to illegal poaching in 2013, almost double that of the previous year (2012: 30). About 1030 rhinos are now left in Kenya. The number of elephants poached in Kenya dropped from 384 killed in 2012 to 302 in 2013, so that the country is currently home to some 38,000 elephants. Africa's elephant population is estimated at 500,000 animals, compared with 1.2 million in 1980 and 10 million in 1900. According to statistics released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in early 2013, Africa's rhino population (black & white) was estimated at 25,460 animals.

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