Kenya experienced zero Rhino Poaching last year. 2020 was really a good year for rhino protection in Kenya. Reports reveal that not a single rhino lost its life last year, this is the first time this is happening since 1999. One of the factors that led to this great achievement is the travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other interventions include increasing efforts to seize rhino horns illegally sold in the last few years and tackling poverty in nearby rural areas.
For the first time in 21 years, KWS reported zero poaching of rhinos in the year 2020. The last time this feat was achieved was in 1999.Zero Rhino Poaching Experienced in Kenya Last Year, All Thanks to Better Policing
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The better policing put in place has not been only beneficial to Rhinos, but also Elephants with their ivory tusks. In 2012 and 2013, poaching of these species increased drastically but since then elephant deaths have plummeted by a whopping 97% to a record of 11 nationwide in 2020. So far, this is the lowest in KWS history.
South Africa reported some good news about Rhinos this week. The country which homes a large percentage of all African rhinos on the Earth, reported a 33% decrease in the number of rhinos poached in the Kruger National Park last year.